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Jumbo Cola: 1938

Jumbo Cola: 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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Outline around the sign

Looks more like neon tube than 'paint shadow' of a removed sign.

What's old is new

Looks like Jansen's Place has recently removed the sign that once covered their painted "Bottle Beer; Whiskey". I wonder if they put it up at the start of Prohibition, and just took it down in 1933?

First Post

Greetings, been lurking for a long time, just wanted to add my $.02 by saying Jumbo Soft Drinks are still around...who knew?

Article on Bey

This article on Will Bey the grocer is behind a paywall, but begins:

The Bible Bookstore is the current occupant of the building at 106 Main St. but anyone who looks up at its façade will see the name BEY and the date 1902.

The name is for Will Bey, who had the building constructed that year and ran a grocery store there for 50 years. When Bey retired from the grocery business in January of 1952, he held the distinction of being the oldest retail grocer working in Indiana.

Always surprised to be able to follow up on the names I see in these old images.

19-BEY-02 ?

Does anyone know what's with the "19-BEY-02"?

I can understand if the building was built in 1902- but what does "BEY" mean?

Classic Buick Service Sign

Love the round enamel hanging "Authorized Buick Service" sign. Bet that's not still there.

Vincennes Taverns Still Batting 1000!

Yet another tavern on Main Street that is still a tavern today. Congratulations, Vincennes!

And here they are

Decentrist parking

Well, it's not extremist parking, it's crossing (multiple) lanes to the sidewalk.

Let me tell you, if one European guy (like me) has been wondering why people in some places (like Texas) take the car and drive half a mile to get to the other side of the road when the walk would just be even less than 100 feet, well, I tried that once. Real scary.

And there are also those extra 10 feet to walk. Which seems to develop into an international no-no.


Even the downspout on the left side of the Dunlop Tire Store is still there!!

Jumbo Cola

The Good Grape Company, founded in 1922, introduced the Jumbo Brand Quality Sugar Beverages line, Jumbo Beverages for short, which also got its own unique deco bottle whose most eye catching feature is the embossed elephant in the middle of the bottle.

+78 years

A quick Google search of 108 Main St. Vicennes, Indiana shows that ALL of the buildings in this photo are still standing. Amazing!

Centrist parking

has given way to left and right side extremes, like other things in these modern times.

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