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Virginia City: 1940

Virginia City: 1940

March 1940. "Main street in Virginia City, Nevada." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Old Washoe Club

Judging by the eight window openings and the cornice, I'd say we're looking at the Old Washoe Club on the left, just beyond the Tahoe Beer arrow.

Car on the far right

Is what, please? (Beautiful rear end!)

Tourist or photographer?

Maybe the car with New York plates is the photographer's car?

That auto on the left

is a 1939 DeSoto. It probably would have had no trouble making the trip from New York. Very nice riding cars, even today.

Stormy weather

I count five extra tall rods on the rooftops, each w/ a sphere on top, all on one city block. I'm assuming these are lightning rods. I wonder what's up with that? Is Virginia City known for it's ferocious thunderstorms?

Visiting Virginia City before it was touristy

That auto facing us on the left has New York license plates (bottom reads "New York World's Fair 1940"). What a trip that was on the roads of the 40s! Virginia City retains much of its historical architecture and today is heavily visited. Back then it was a working town, but it already had been discovered by at least one tourist.

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