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Unangst Block: 1942

Unangst Block: 1942

August 1942. "Street in Dillon, Montana, trading center for a prosperous cattle and sheep country." Evidently a parched and thirsty territory, slaked by what we'll christen the Unangst Block. Nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.


How Strange

I remember Nashes from the late '40s on. How strange, to see a Nash that's handsome instead of peculiar!

Love that 1940 Nash

Made in Kenosha, WI at the Nash-Kelvinator plant. They were at the vanguard of climate control interiors in thier day.

Unfortunately the Kenosha plant which was owned by Jeep did not survive the 2008 great depression.

'40 Nash

First car is a '40 Nash (the '39 did not have sealed beams), the one nosing into the curb looks like a '37 Ford Standard.

Is This Trip necessary?

A fellow could attend a lodge meeting, get a haircut, get thrown out of several bars, and find a flop, all without burning any gasoline or wasting any rubber. Splendid urban planning, and very patriotic.

Sing "Melancholy Baby"

From the disheveled appearance of the man exiting the bar, the gingerly manner in which he is walking and his tottering posture, I'm thinking he may have had one too many. Not to worry though, the guy in the second car may be driving him home.

Hang That Beer Sign

A curious follow on to the previous image. We get to see how the hooks on the beer sign, avail themselves.


Radio, rooms, and beer

Nobody has commented but that looks like a long distance radio antenna on top of the Unangst building, Would love to know more about that!

Old Buildings

Thank goodness the people of this town have not torn down the old buildings. They must be fortunate in that there is still a need for those buildings and that they are not sitting empty and going to ruin like buildings in so many smaller towns.

Odd Fellows

The building at the far end of the block seems to be the meeting hall of the IOOF - the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. I guess that makes the two guys on the left just ordinary fellows.

It's all still there

Looks as if some of those buildings still house bars, including the Klondike Inn at 33 East Bannack Street (the Mint was there in 1942).

Nice pic on Google Panaramio

Buffet Bar?

Is that all you can drink for one low price?

Next to the MINT sign

What is that rectangular object at the lower right of the MINT sign?

Give the fella a hand

because he needs one trying to parallel park that second car.

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