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Red, White & Brew: 1943

Red, White & Brew: 1943

May 1943. "Palacios, Texas. Liquor store." The original wine box. Photo by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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Little or not, probably pretty busy

The store probably had its fair share of military customers, since Palacios was home to Camp Hulen, a Texas National Guard camp before the war and used as an anti-aircraft training center during Ww2.

Re: the Flag

There was a time, long ago, when businesses respected the Flag Code of the U.S., and did not use the flag or a true likeness of it in their advertisements or in their logos. That day is long past, and so are the days of not wearing the flag as apparel.
This would explain the flag not looking like a real flag.

Guess I am old fashioned, even in my early 50's. :)

A Bit Wobbly

I could get a little wobbly on that bench without partaking.

Nothing changes

Knowing Palacios, that building may well be standing yet. Everything there remains until it falls into a heap of rubble; nobody ever bothers to tear down anything. I once spent a very uncomfortable Fourth of July in Palacios at a ramshackle beach hotel that ought to have fallen down years ago, but somehow still goes on.

So this would be

A small box retailer?

How Texans Pronounce "Palacios"

We say "puh-lash-us"

Where'd the other stripes go?

I too am just a simple Canadian, but, eve I know there's some stripes missing on that flag too. I guess they got into the liquor before they painted the place.

Patriotic Clarity

My first thought regarding the besmudged starfield is that it wasn't really meant to be an accurate depiction. Kind of an abstract.

Carpenter Gothic

Despite some lost or badly replaced brackets, that screen door is the building's fanciest feature by far.

Old Glory

I know I'm just a simple Canadian, but what's with the flag? The "stars" are very strange.

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