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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Restaurants

White Tower: 1941

White Tower: 1941

October 1941. "White Tower hamburger stand, the popular place in Amsterdam, New York." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Collier.

 

Branding: 1939

Branding: 1939

September 1939. "Hamburger stand with old cattle brands. Dumas, Texas." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Nite Club: 1938

Nite Club: 1938

October 1938. "Porch of small Negro store near Jeanerette, Louisiana." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Coke and a Burger: 1938

Coke and a Burger: 1938

October 1938. "Making hamburgers in the concession stand at the National Rice Festival. Crowley, Louisiana." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. You want fries with that?

 

Dano's Roadhouse: 1938

Dano's Roadhouse: 1938

October 1938. "Roadhouse. Raceland, Louisiana. Girls at Dano's for free Friday night crab boil." View full size. 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Cajun Girls' Night Out: 1938

Cajun Girls' Night Out: 1938

October 1938. "Girls from the Cajun country at Raceland, Louisiana." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Mildred's Place: 1938

Mildred's Place: 1938

October 1938 at the Alamo. "Mildred Irwin, saloon singer at North Platte, Nebraska. She entertained for 20 years in Omaha before coming to North Platte." Medium-format safety negative by John Vachon. View full size.

Letter from John Vachon to his wife, Penny:

October 29, 1938

Last night I had an adventure. Of the 1st water. To have it I had to get kind of stiff. And I did, dear. Pretty plastered. But it was all in the line of duty, eminently legitimate and justifiable. About eight o'clock I went into a corner saloon. It was a saloon in the grand tradition. I drank only beer, but great gobs of it. At the piano was a big huge large fat blonde woman of 45 to 50 yrs. With beautiful smeary red makeup on her puss, and huge mammy type bosoms. And her voice, O that you could hear her voice. She has Sophie Tucker in the wastebasket   . . .

 
 
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