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Sprott, Alabama: 1935

Sprott, Alabama: 1935

Crossroads store at Sprott, Alabama. 1935 or 1936. View full size. Photograph by Walker Evans. If you like this picture you should check out the short stories of Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers and Flannery O'Connor.

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More on Sprott

Check this site for more pictures and info.

What was Sprott like?

Curious about the background to this iconic photo of the general store. Can anyone name any of the specific people in that photo? What was this place like? Were most of the people that lived there Sharecroppers? I notice there are bars on the windows, was this a dangerous community? When was the little store built?


Ah, the good ol' days before that nasty stuff called Pepsi started creeping in...

My Mom, Eleanor Mitchell

My Mom, Eleanor Mitchell Butler, and most of her brothers and sisters were born "in Sprott", up the dirt road from the store. Mom was born in 1918.

There once was a lady...


There once was a lady...

There once was a lady from Sprott
Whose friends knew her simply as Dot.
When asked whence the label
She spawned a short fable
And replied "It's a sinister plot."

Great link

Obviously not a lot has changed at that interchange over the years.

Part of This Place Still Standing?

Check out this link for "Then and Now" photos of this scene:

How about this

There was a gaunt yogi from Sprott
Who asked the boys, Am I not hot?
Whenever she lotused,
The boys winced and noticed,
And thought to themselves, "You are knot."

Limerick contest!

There was a young lady from Sprott ...


I wonder if this is all there was to Sprott.

On the map, Sprott
Is just a dot.

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