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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VITAL TO VICTORY: WWII

Cotton Queen: 1940

Cotton Queen: 1940

May 1940. "Cotton carnival. Memphis, Tennessee." Waiting for her Royal Crown. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 
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Nickey Bros

My grandfather was a fleet mechanic for Nickey Brothers Lumber Company.
He had started out as a blacksmith when their deliveries were still made by horse & mule drawn wagons, learning the auto/truck mechanic skills as the fleet transition to the horseless carriages.

Yummy!

Ice cream in a "Sanitary Can".

In a hurry

She has an appointment with Dorothy in Oz.

Pre-Franchise

When a customer could choose between Royal Crown, Pepsi, or Coke.

They Go Together

RC Cola and a moon pie! It appears she is partaking of her moon pie, and she probably has just taken a drink from the bottle on the counter which could be an RC.

 
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