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Nurse Needles: 1942
... but the needles generally needed a touchup on the arkansas stone. Not every orderly had good honing skills. Sweet Sue I'm ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/16/2014 - 10:48am -

Nurse Needles: 1942

The Cherries of Wrath: 1940
... Berrien County, Michigan. "Migrant fruit workers from Arkansas." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA. View full size. ... to be in. However, nobody knows. Perhaps they returned to Arkansas and continued their hardscrabble life or maybe even prospered there. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/20/2009 - 12:33am -

The Cherries of Wrath: 1940

Steamboat Annie: 1909
... the 1909 Supreme Court case of "Hammond Packing Co. vs. Arkansas," but I lost my way in my reading and understanding of the case after ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/25/2014 - 11:34am -

Steamboat Annie: 1909

Uprooted: 1940
... Berrien County, Michigan. "Migrant mother of family from Arkansas in roadside camp of cherry pickers." Our second look at the lady ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/24/2011 - 4:50pm -

Uprooted: 1940

3 Days Cure for Men: 1920
... is operated by a quack, one J. M. Byrd, whose license the Arkansas authorities revoked in 1913. In a letter written in 1914 Byrd said: "I ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2011 - 9:58pm -

3 Days Cure for Men: 1920

Gasoline Allée: 1939
January 1939. "Main Street in Jerome, Arkansas." As well as a cozy, woodsy gas station. Medium-format nitrate ... just to the right of the tree. Jerome Grows Jerome, Arkansas became a busy place during WWII when a Japaneese American internment ... At one point during WWII it was the fifth largest city in Arkansas. The population in 2000 was only 46 people. The PBS documentary ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/17/2012 - 1:18am -

Gasoline Allée: 1939

Black and White: 1939
... the location of Oklahoma - just north of Texas and west of Arkansas - and it's history this photo is less surprising. The Cherokee (most ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2011 - 7:11pm -

Black and White: 1939

Gotcha: 1925
... had moved to Woodland, CA, just west of Sacramento. Her Arkansas mother flew out for a visit. Inside her suitcase lay smuggled, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/01/2009 - 5:39pm -

Gotcha: 1925

Beware of Cat: 1938
September 1938. "Storefront in Altheimer, Arkansas." Lately I've been inspecting every new post for cats. I am pretty ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/09/2013 - 1:36am -

Beware of Cat: 1938

The Wayfarers: 1937
May 1937. "Mother and child of Arkansas flood refugee family near Memphis, Texas. These people, with all their ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2011 - 4:43pm -

The Wayfarers: 1937

Seven Points: 1900
Hot Springs, Arkansas, circa 1900. "Seven Points." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, ... was the Southern Hotel. That block is now occupied by the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, housed in the "new" St. ... see this because I am currently in the senior class at the Arkansas School for Math, Science and the Arts and I'm quite interested in the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/15/2012 - 3:54pm -

Seven Points: 1900

Snow King: 1905
... Many of the old time cold records still stand today. Arkansas's all time low temperature happened in February 1905. Minus 29 degrees ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/31/2012 - 2:54pm -

Snow King: 1905

Markham From Main: 1910
Wrapping up our tour of Little Rock, Arkansas, circa 1910. "Markham Street west from Main." Detroit Publishing ... And now we see why "Spider-Man" was not set in Arkansas. Just think of the merchandising that Little Rock missed out on. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2012 - 7:18pm -

Markham From Main: 1910

Widder Vaught's: 1913
1913. "Widder Vaught's family, Arkansas." 8x10 inch glass negative by Joseph Kossuth Dixon for department ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2016 - 8:18pm -

Widder Vaught's: 1913

Signs and Portents: 1910
Little Rock, Arkansas, circa 1910. "Main Street." Home to a number of intriguing ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/02/2014 - 12:13pm -

Signs and Portents: 1910

Boone County: 1935
October 1935. "Boone County, Arkansas. The family of a Resettlement Administration client in the doorway of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/05/2009 - 2:01am -

Boone County: 1935

Main Street: 1910
Little Rock, Arkansas, circa 1910. "Main Street north from Sixth." A zoomed-in version of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2012 - 7:15pm -

Main Street: 1910

Literary Landmark: 1906
... the slope, and the river channel in the background. The Arkansas bank is now shored up to support the I-40 bridge a mile to the north ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/26/2012 - 12:30pm -

Literary Landmark: 1906

Old Patent Office: 1865
... small town. A search narrowed it down to one in Ft. Smith Arkansas where I briefly lived and the synapses reconnected. It features models ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/17/2012 - 10:19pm -

Old Patent Office: 1865

Villa Loachapoka: 1934
January 19, 1934. "West elevation, rear view, Hammack Plantation House, Waverly Road. Two miles from Loachapoka, Lee County, Alabama. This old plantation house is, today, just a mass of ruins. It is not occupied." Photo by W.N. Manning for the His ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/29/2015 - 5:11pm -

Villa Loachapoka: 1934

Mrs. Maytag: 1938
... 1938. "Farm wife washing clothes. Lake Dick Project, Arkansas." 35mm negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/02/2012 - 11:17pm -

Mrs. Maytag: 1938

Flat Broke: 1936
... home and connections in South Texas, and hope to reach the Arkansas Delta for work in the cotton fields. Penniless people. No food and ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/05/2012 - 6:19am -

Flat Broke: 1936

Norge: 1938
... 1938. "Kitchen in farmer's home, Lake Dick Project, Arkansas." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. ... have to worry much about keeping the kitchen warm durog an Arkansas winter. The Linoleum rug is very modern and low maintenance ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/24/2012 - 9:38pm -

Norge: 1938

House Without Windows: 1938
... move on to the next wood-lot and start over. Though Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi had more acres planted in cotton, the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/07/2009 - 1:09pm -

House Without Windows: 1938

Party Time: 1923
... Miss Jones, granddaughter of Senator James J. Jones of Arkansas. Miss Mondel, daughter of House Majority Leader Frank W. Mondell . ... granddaughter of the late Senator James J. Jones , of Arkansas. Lieut. Slocum is the son of Mrs. S.W. Slocum, of El Centro, Calif. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/01/2011 - 10:35am -

Party Time: 1923

Union Man: 1938
... -- lived until 1989. His entry in the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Very Handsome This was one handsome, well put together man. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/12/2009 - 4:21am -

Union Man: 1938

Manzanar: 1943
... and Jerome, were located next to the Mississippi River in Arkansas, though they are little known. And there is the irony: it sometimes ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/09/2011 - 12:30pm -

Manzanar: 1943

Essolene: 1939
... January 1939. "Hammond Ranch general store. Chicot, Arkansas. Leased by the Farm Security Administration and subleased to its ... kicked on. Railroad Tracks Not much left to Chicot, Arkansas these days in terms of even a single filling station or store, and the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/12/2012 - 12:55pm -

Essolene: 1939

Little Rock Garbage: 1908
Little Rock, Arkansas, ca. 1908. "City Hall." With a sampler of interesting signage, and an ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2012 - 7:21pm -

Little Rock Garbage: 1908

Paper, Mister?
... in about 1928 or 29 on the square of small town Piggott, Arkansas. About 30 years later they would make the movie "A Face in the Crowd" ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/10/2010 - 11:38am
 
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