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DRUGS SODA: 1939

DRUGS SODA: 1939

October 1939. "Stores on main street (G Avenue). Grundy Center, Iowa." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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The Pusher Man

A cobbled-together wooden bike rack in the prime parking location to lure innocent kids in for their daily DRUG and SODA fixes? ... Probably sold candy cigarettes too!

Oriel

The name for the corner tower / feature. Specifically, a corner oriel. An oriel window is a bay window that does not extend all the way to the ground.

Vehicle ID please

What model of car is the one parked right out front, with the Grundy National Bank awning right above it?

Love it.

[1939 Ford Tudor Sedan. -tterrace]

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Maintenance

Regarding the demise of not only the dunce cap on the corner feature, but the false fronts on two sides of the building, I'm guessing that those features needed roofing and tuckpointing, and perhaps also a bit of carpentry work when the wood underneath rooted. Presented with a quote for repairs, and a quote for removal, the owner made a simple choice.

I'm guessing that round tower is also tied in with the same structural steel that allows the building to have those wide store windows.

Roof blown off?

That must have been some party...

That Corner Tower

Would love to see the structural details for that wonderful corner tower.

Agree: probably structural steel behind that masonry, but just how. Nifty what engineers and arkies were able to conjure up before computers came along, just using a K&E slide rule.

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