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The Tree of Libity: 1937

The Tree of Libity: 1937

June 1937. "Mississippi grocery store." Another of Dorothea Lange's quirky-sign photos. Resettlement Administration nitrate negative. View full size.

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Belly Laugh

Just a quick thank you for the picture and the hilarious comments. Haven't had a good laugh in a long time. What a bunch on this one!

The artist known as M. ARK?

Possibly taking a break (face down) in the doorway?

Easy access

to the wine cellar.

And Justis For All

Is it possible that the grocer's name was Libity?

Give me libity

but don't give me debt.

Not Built To Last

I do a lot of work researching historic sites, and photos like this make me understand how entire communities of wooden structures can disappear seemingly without a trace.

Check out the store's "foundation," which appears to consist of floor joists set on top of rough hewn sections of tree trunks. A few decades of dry rot or termites, followed by a quick shove by a tractor, and a structure like this would be a memory. Only archeologists would be able to find evidence of its existence.

Perhaps M.ARK

is "The Man Who Shot Libity Valance"?

That sign

would sell handsomely today at auction, listed as a "Period Piece".

[LOL. -Dave]


M. ARK was the gifted painter of this sign?



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