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Weed Hardware: 1938

Weed Hardware: 1938

June 1938. "Stores on Sunday. Vincennes, Indiana." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Since no one else did-

I enlarged the photo to identify the car as a 1937 Ford Cabriolet rumble seat convertible. Very rare and desirable car today.

Value of signage

When I look at these old photos, I think of today's value of typically mundane items back then. Recently, a similar double-sided porcelain DeVoe Paint sign sold for $1600 at an auction.

I would bet that the thermometer sign on the same building, would fetch even more today.

Mail Pouch Thermometer

I can see now the damage to the top and bottom of every porcelain thermometer. Damaged it with the hammer blows putting it up.
Very rare to find one in pristine condition.

Thankfully, Some Things Don't Change

Well, we can see the grocery now is an asphalt materials company, and it looks like a doctor has moved into the hardware store. However, the tavern is still a tavern!

Main Street Vincennes

Though it has lost some of its charm, the block of buildings is still there.

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