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Royal Crown: 1941

Royal Crown: 1941

Somewhere in the South, possibly Miami. Another snap by Daly from the summer of 1941. Medium format nitrate negative. View full size.

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Walker Evans?

It appears Daly shot this pic but I would swear that Walker Evans was standing behind the lens.

BC powders

BC powders are still sold widely down South! Being a Northerner I never knew about them till I resided in Nashville for a spell! Yes they do work but the powders need a chase of a mint julep or laced sweet tea!

Raleighs and Avalons

Red Skelton started doing his comedy show for Raleigh (not Sir Walter Raleigh - that was their pipe tobacco brand) Cigarettes starting in September 1941, with Harriet Hilliard and bandleader Ozzie Nelson. Before that Skelton appeared on Avalon Time, sponsored by Avalon Cigarettes. Avalons were a budget cigarette selling for 10 cents a pack.

Did the building cross the street?

The 6 appears to be painted over a 7.

I knew about Sir Walter Raleigh cigarettes, but I never knew about John Ruskin cigars. Why can't we have product names like that anymore?

Refreshing - Delicious


I'd love to see this photo in color!

The Raleigh girl

is hott

Lots of signs

In today's collector's market those signs would be worth a small fortune!

Pride of the Regiment

The soft drinks ads are closely paced by those for tobacco products. Cigars listed are Tampa Nugget, El Producto, and John Ruskin, while smoking tobacco is represented by Model and George Washington Cut Plug. Cigarettes seen are Avalon, Camel, Kools, and the classic ad for Raleigh.


Want a drink?

I counted: Sun Spot, Vanti (pa-pi-a)Coca Cola, MB root beer, Delaware Punch, RC cola, Nehi, 7up, seems people were thirsty back then.


This photo was almost assuredly shot on NW 1st Place in Miami's oldest black neighborhood. Called Overtown by the locals, it was officially designated as "Colored Town" when the city was incorporated in 1896.

Overtown was the scene of Miami's hottest night life (think jazz) up 'til the late '40s and early '50s when the Model Cities urban renewal projects changed its character.

Today it's pretty much ghetto, with only about a fifth of its pre-war population.

Here's a shot of 1526 NW 1st Place today:

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