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Approaching Fresno: 1939

Approaching Fresno: 1939

May 1939. "Between Tulare and Fresno. From the overpass approaching Fresno." Large-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.


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And from the air

Not as peaceful now. From Google Maps.

The Overpass

It seems to still be there, too! Could it be the same one from 1939? Looks sorta modern.

[It is the same one. Now South Golden State Blvd., it was US 99 when Lange took shots showing the roadway in which you can see the side railings match. Also, note these Art Deco embellishments. - tterrace]

Warehouse still standing, too!

@Splunge: The warehouse with the round roof on the right still exists as well. If you "drive" up to the water tower in Google Streetview you can see it's still standing.

The Water Tower Endures

Producers Cotton Oil Company seems to still be in existence in California, but not at this location (near Calwa). All of the old buildings seem to be gone, but the water tower still stands.
(EDIT: I stand corrected. It appears that one or more of the old buildings are also still in place. The buildings central to the photograph are gone, though.)

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Here's another picture of the site, from September 15, 1931 (from

The Hot Rod is born

So many things here for the Shorpy masses. Railroads, trucks, cars, water towers, mid 20th century agriculture. But above all we have the birth of the Hot Rod on the left. A truly historic occasion, right there on a random sunny day, between Tulare and Fresno. Wherever that may be.

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