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Curtain Time: 1939

Curtain Time: 1939

1939. "Montebaro House, Salem & Greene Sts., Selma, Dallas County, Alabama. Structure dates to ca. 1827. Said to be oldest frame house in Selma. Birthplace of P. Hal Sims." Now revealed to be the residence of Mr. Peepers' better half. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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Kudzu not Hops

The vines on the porch are Kudzu, the scourge of the South. I don't think Hops will grow in south Alabama.

Miller Time

The living curtain shading the porch is hops (Humulus lupulus).

ETA: Oops! KAP is correct of course, it's kudzu. I should never try to identify plants with a beer in my hand.

Indoor/outdoor plumbing

Looks like the upstairs washroom is supplied water via the piping network bolted to the outside of the house. Perhaps the owners didn't want to tear up their ceilings installing a water supply, which means there is probably no access to sewer or septic either. I assume waste water was tossed out the window in the grand old fashion.

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