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Dreamboat Inn: 1940

Dreamboat Inn: 1940

August 1940. "Port Gibson, Mississippi." The Dreamboat Inn, whose signage advertises anti-malarial tonics and two kinds of cola. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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"That Chair"

Me's thinkin' that "that chair" has to do with proper elevation of the customer while standing on the ground to shine their shoes.

Rickety...and then some!

Don't think I'll be venturing out on to that second story porch anytime soon!

In another month....

My dad would be in Port Gibson as a sophomore at Chamberlin-Hunt Military Academy. He graduated in 1942 and joined the U. S. Marines as a torpedo bomber in the Pacific.

Love that chair

The fellow in the middle is reclining on!

Where's The Girls?

For all these Dreamboat Guys?

Dressy clothes

I can just imagine the heat level in Mississippi in August and yet these men were well-dressed with lots of white shirts, dress slacks (no shorts) and jaunty straw hats. Maybe it was a Sunday or some other special occasion?

Better take 666!

That's a devil of a cold you have!

I can't imagine marketing a cold/fever remedy under 666. Actually, marketing anything under 666. However, it wasn't my time, or place.

Groves Tasteless Chill Tonic

Loaded with quinine, it was a rare patent medicine that actually worked.


All those signs and no one's actually drinking anything.

Chill Tonic

It seems to be working.

That chair

The engineering on that porch chair... is it adjustable? Sort of an Adirondack thing but as designed by Dr. Seuss.

Morris of sorts

I'm admiring the ingenuity of that homemade Morris chair as much as the gent in it seems to be enjoying it. But he's really leaving himself vulnerable to the moment when one of those ceiling boards falls!

Sunday Best

All the gents appear to be wearing their Sunday best clothes, one is even sitting on the newspaper to protect his pants. I wonder who crafted that unique lounge chair and I would hesitate to congregate on that balcony. I wonder where dreamboat Annie might be - probably still at church gossiping with her lady friends about different topics than the men are.

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