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Fill In the Blanks: 1942

Fill In the Blanks: 1942

May 1942. "Southington, Connecticut. Girls at drugstore." Luncheonette and Fountain Service. But what's the word behind the girls? Photo by Fenno Jacobs for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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What are....

What are "Rubber Goods"?

[At the time in the retail drug store trade, "rubber goods" referred to hot water bottles, syringes, enema equipment, rubber gloves and other DIY health-care items. - tterrace]

Gone but not forgotten

Oxley's was razed in August, 2000. Article here.


This is my hometown and I still live here today. I used to eat breakfast at Oxley's for 99 cents

Location, Location, Location

That Drug Store probably did OK. Bus stop frontage brings 'em in.

You scream

We scream, we all scream for ice cream

Ice cream

... are the words

The word looks like


Ice Cream

Simple as that. I'd say the words behind the girls spell ice cream. I wish I had some right now.

Ice cream

And luncheonette below.

The word is ...

Ice Cream.

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