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Alt-Atlanta: 1938

Alt-Atlanta: 1938

May 1938. "General store and railroad crossing, Atlanta, Ohio." Which way to the ATM? 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.


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It's an optical illusion the way the Crossbuck is mounted. While it looks like they're at 90 degrees to each other, if you look closely you can see the shadow cast by the forward arm of the buck on the rear arm.

Another optical illusion is found in the thumbnail sized photo. Due to the way it was photographed, the thumbnail has an almost "tilt shift" sense to it, making the image look to be from a model railroad, as opposed to real life.

That looks just like my grandpa

Sitting on the fender of the delivery truck. He chewed Mail Pouch, but it never occurred to me that apparently you could also smoke it.

Sedan Delivery

Wonder if that shiny new '37 Chevy sedan delivery finished life as a hot rod!


Bertram Conaway Hughes was born on August 26 1876; married Martha Donahoe in 1902; they had 4 children: Gladys 1903-?, Mildred 1906-1984, Carroll 1912-1993 and Doris 1919-?. Bertram died in 1943; according to his WW1 draft card he was of medium height with blue eyes and gray hair. Martha died in 1981 aged 102.


A friend posted a link to the photo on Facebook and had a question - "New to me is the way the crossbucks are mounted on the square post so that the arms are at 90 degrees rather than on opposite sides of the post. Nice detail...was this common?"


I think the name is still Atlanta; it's just that it's unincorporated, so Google Maps refers to the closest incorporated town (New Holland).

And if you were wondering why the highway number is now 207 instead of 277, it goes back to 1962. The Interstate highways were coming to Ohio, which was to include I-277 around Akron. Ohio followed the standard that route numbers are unique between highway systems, so Ohio State Route 277 was renumbered Ohio State Route 207. The topographic maps on Historic Aerials show it numbered 277 as late as 1963. As for the railroad (Pennsylvania RR), it disappeared sometime between 1975 and 1988, and its right-of-way is now occupied by a high tension line.

Someone decided it would make a nice painting:

Not just the 3rd house

The distinctive eaves on the first house peaking in from the right still seem to exist on the house in Google maps, then the next building, which appears to be a garage, looks to be the of the same construction as the existing building, just with a different front on it.

Wow. It looks just like...

...a scene you would try to recreate on a model railroad.

Railroad gone

Railroad gone, store gone, and the town has a new name, but the 3 building on the right look like they remain but altered somewhat. 'Travel' down to the 2 story (3rd house) and the windows match.

Which way to the ATM

Its just straight down that road about 50 years...

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