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Anytown, USA

Anytown, USA

        UPDATE: Commenter "Outside Food," a professor at Drexel University, was the first to identify the location of this January 1940 photo of Durham, North Carolina, by Arthur Rothstein.

"Aerial view of Xxxxx." Who'll be the first to tell us where we are? View full size.

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73 years later

... I picked up a money order in that post office.


Not sure about the town, but the street is Priscilla Lane.

The Roaring Twenties

Released in 1939. Directed by Raoul Walsh. One of three movies featuring both Cagney and Bogart.

Center Theater in Durham, NC

Deco brick

Richmond, Indiana

Durham, NC

Post office on East Chapel Hill Street -- still in use.

We Are Landing In Durham NC

Mostly tobacco warehouses. (what else?)

Durham, NC

Google search does a great job, doesn't it?

Durham, North Carolina

Looking northeast from the Washington Duke Hotel, 1940 - East Chapel Hill St. is in the foreground. Tobacco warehouses cover the landscape north of Morgan St.

PS: I cheated and Googled.

The location

This photo was taken in Durham, North Carolina. The giveaway was the Star Brick Warehouse.

Durham, North Carolina

Durham, NC. Photographed January 1940 by Arthur Rothstein.


Durham North Carolina?

Durham, NC

Durham, NC Chapel Hill Street. The Durham hotel is at the site of the Center Theatre, but maintains some of the same architectural spirit.

Durham, NC

From the first picture on this page, it looks like Durham, NC. The post office and furniture store are the same.

Roaring Twenties and Furniture Stores

Durham North Carolina.
Overlooking in front,
Huntley-Stockton-Hill Furniture Co.
307-309 East Chapel Hill Street

Tire Recapping

Using the name on the tire recapping place I'll opt for Durham North Carolina (and am prepared to be proven wrong !!)

I'm going to say

Based upon the tire place back behind the post office I'm going to say Durham, North Carolina

Durham, NC

Durham, NC

Tobacco warehouses.


Durham, NC.

Durham, NC

I'm pretty certain this is Chapel Hilll Street in Durham NC.

Looks like Durham, NC

East Chapel Hill Street maybe.

Durham, NC

That corner is about a mile from my house.

The Little House

Looks like a town an hour or two east of me down 40 called Durham, but what is most interesting to me is the holdout house at left center that could have been the inspiration for the children's book The Little House!


Winston-Salem North Carolina. North Liberty and W. Fourth Street.

Durham, NC

Pretty sure this is Durham, NC. I think the Liberty warehouses in the background have been turned into luxury condos.

The Centers gone

You would be watching movies in Dhuram N.C.

Durham, North Carolina

By Carver, Currin, and Cozart's Big 4 tobacco warehouse. By the movie marquee, it's late 1939 or early 1940.

Got it

Durham, NC

Durham N.C.

In the general area of 322 E. Chapel Hill St.

Durham, North Carolina

Home of the Durham Tire Exchange. And Duke University, I believe.

Durham, NC

Post Office Google-searchable; evidently department store's headquarters in Burlington.

Best Guess

I'm going with Winston-Salem N.C.

Winston -Salem

But I could be wrong

Durham, NC

"Durham, North Carolina [showing Post Office and theater]"
Rothstein, Arthur, 1915-1985, photographer.
1940 Jan.

Bull City

Durham North Carolina

I Think It Is . . .

Durham, NC.

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