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Cafe Texan: 1939

Cafe Texan: 1939

April 1939. Street scene in San Augustine, Texas. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.


re: "San Augustine Memories" comments

"Ms Exa" Clark mentioned was my next door neigbor in San Augustine and she was unforgettable! What's funny is that the lady who owned the house we rented next to Exa's was also named "Exa." Her name was Exa Carrol.

San Augustine Memories

My aunt Exa Clark, maiden name Doggett, lived in San Augustine from the day she got married in 1927 until her death in 2003 or 2004. I came upon this picture by accident, but am very intrigued by it. I am sure my aunt knew some of the men in the picture & am equally sure they knew her. She was unforgettable. Her husband Ed & a man named Downs owned Clark - Downs Department Store in San Augustine. She took over her husband's place in the store when he died in the late 1940's.

Re: All those hats

Salesman? It's not too tough selling a hat to someone who spends most of life out in the hot Texas sun, son. Most of these gentlemen are not making "fashion statements"

Re: All Those Hats

Silly? Completely useless? Hardly. Keeps the sun out of your eyes, the rain off your face, and stylish too (nothing beats a nice snap brim fedora, as Bogart knew). If Nixon had won in 1960 we'd still be wearing hats. Kennedy hated wearing hats and after his inauguration refused to wear one.

Watch that first step!

Does the sidewalk look very high off the ground? Why is that, maybe for a trolley?

[It's loading-dock height. Perfect for farmers with trucks. - Dave]

All Those Hats

Interesting how hat salesmen did such a great job in selling men a completely useless product back then. Notice how almost every man is wearing a fedora. Fortunately, we got over wearing those silly things. I wonder why we still waste our money on things like neckties? Does the edge of that sidewalk seem to drop off like a cliff? Nice looking roadster coming into view on the left.

What a relief

The barbershop is sanitary.

Re: Thin & Now

Besides no obesity, most people are dressed sharply. No ripped jeans or baggy pants. It's very refreshing and I wonder if we'll ever return to a time like this.

Thin & Now

Everyone in the photo is slim (we need a time machine) -- there were no McDonald's around and Cokes & Dr.Peppers were 6-ounce glass bottles (reusable).

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