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Small-Mart: 1938

Small-Mart: 1938

May 1938. "Store, La Forge, Missouri." Your source for Benz Baby Bowel Corrective. 35mm negative by the peripatetic Russell Lee. View full size.


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Home to a sharecropper housing project

Original, 11 June 2015: Some of this store's customers might have come from Southeast Missouri Farms, a Farm Security Administration project that provided housing and land for 100 sharecropper families. The houses looked like this when they were built in 1937.

At one time there were apparently photographs from 2005-2006 of what remains of this project in La Forge, but Southern Illinois University doesn't know how to website. (Blocking even is a nice touch, guys.)

Edit, 17 June 2018: My complaint above about SIU is partly rescinded; either SIU or has changed enough that has parts of the orignal SIU pages available. Googling those SIU URLs led me to the mirror linked below.

Jane Adams, a professor at SIU, and her husband D. Gorton, took photos of some of the remaining houses in 2005-2006. I found a mirror of Adams' original pages at SIU, including the pictures of a few houses and the cotton gin at Southeast Missouri Farms.

See also the interior of one of these houses in a newer Shorpy post, Lard of the Flies.

Talk about perception

Because of what I see every day now, it took me a few seconds to dismiss the idea that the boy in the overalls was checking his text messages.

The gas pump rules

Today that glass top gas pump would be worth all the goodies in the store (probably including the building as well).


For a moment my initial thought about what the man was doing was that he was checking for text messages!!!

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