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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LE BALLON: 1883

Fountain of Youth: 1939

Fountain of Youth: 1939

September 1939. "Public drinking fountain in Grundy Center, Iowa." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Oh yech!

The public water fountain the boy is "Bogarting".

Shades of trench mouth looking for a place to happen.

(P.S. Do they still call it trench mouth? They did 60 years ago when I was in second grade and got it the same way.)

He's A High Rider

Handlebars in that position was definitely for the cool factor, Alan_Flor, but safety wise it was so square since higher the handle bar less the steering response.

One had the look of a Harley rider looking for something to rebel against and girls to impress which always overcame stupid safety issues when you are so young and indestructible.

Comfort or cool?

Those handlebars seem to be at a ridiculous angle for riding. Maybe that was the "cool" way to have them.

Not under wraps

That is a fountain made of aggregate stone or concrete, not something under wraps. Look at it from this street view angle:

Re: Fountain is gone

Now that tterrace has pointed out a mystery object under wraps where the fountain used to be, I am more intrigued by that block of concrete beside the fountain in the original photograph. Is it there simply to provide a step up for little kids?

[That was my thought. Or possibly leprechauns. -tterrace]

Fountain is gone

but some of the buildings remain.

[There's something under wraps there. And still no U-turn. In 2008 at any rate. -tterrace]

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