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Maryland Junk: 1937

Maryland Junk: 1937

October 1937. "Houses near the railroad tracks. Hagerstown, Maryland." Our title comes from the storefront on the left. 4x5 inch acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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C.G. Dodson's World's Fair Shows

Former performers and their descendants have quite a visible and thriving presence online.

The poster in the window on the right is here.

Like an Edward Hopper Painting!

What a beautiful composition! It reminds me of an Edward Hopper painting, particularly his "Early Sunday Morning" (1930), now at the Whitney Museum of American Art. What the museum's website says about Hopper could be equally applied to Rothstein's photograph: it has an "emphasis on simplified forms, painterly surfaces, and studiously constructed compositions."

Important Anniversary

Note the sign announcing a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam the previous month. There were many souvenirs of this event, one of the last times that living veterans were able to meet. Among these commemorative pieces was a United States half dollar.

Pane full view

Maybe not much to look out toward but there is a lot to peer in to.

Two Bits no more

Even your local tonsorium had to raise prices.

High Flight

Looks like a couple of aspiring aviators sitting on the porch.

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