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Dillon: 1942

Dillon: 1942

August 1942. "Street corner, Dillon, Montana." Originally posted in 2007; today we published this black-and-white close-up of the entrance. Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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Dillon's Corner Doctor

Harvey Avery Stanchfield, July 27, 1899 - January 9, 1956, was universally known as "Harve" instead of "Harvey." According to an article in the January 11, 1956 Billings Gazette, Dr. Stanchfield, ". . . died suddenly while bowling Monday night. A heart ailment was blamed." He had practiced medicine in Dillon for 17 years and six additional years prior to that. He was survived by his wife and sons. His wife died August 31, 1969.

His 1933 fraternity photo is shown below.

Window A/C

Good catch, van nuys! The first window air conditioner was marketed by Philco-York in 1938, according to this history of A/C:

However, the first mass-market window A/C units weren't produced until 1947.

I'd guess that perhaps Dr. Stanchfield had A/C in his operating room.

Ram Tough, even back then

The pickup at near right is, I'm pretty sure, a 1936 Dodge. That year marked the first that Dodge built trucks on a dedicated frame, that is, not one that was based on a passenger car frame. Although difficult to see even in large size in this pic, the '36 Dodge featured the ram hood ornament which the division first used in 1933 and which is still used today not only on the trucks but as the name of Chrysler's truck division.

Air conditioner.

I didn't realize that in 1942, they had window air conditioners. I see one on the second floor.

Still There, Sort Of

The cafe on the corner has been covered over with some awful siding and is now a casino. But you can still get a Bud next door.

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The quality of these photos is amazing ... maybe I've been looking in the wrong places, but I don't think I've ever seen a photo reproduced well enough to show details like the radio antennas - "aerials" in those days - on the roofs.


I wonder if there's anywhere I can get a drink in this town.

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