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Beer, Bath & Beyond: 1940

Beer, Bath & Beyond: 1940

March 1940. "Hotel. Austin, Nevada." With a cameo by our stream-drinker. Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Comment for "Oldecoupe"

Your comment was hilarious and reminded me that way back when (like the 1940's when I was a kid) every time some uncontrollable guy had too much to drink and was being removed from the premises, as they turned him around to evict him from the place, there was the inevitable question from the bouncer "Did he have a hat?"

Another Rain Gutter

If you rotate the Google street view posted by PLA you will see another of these super large rain gutters still in use today on a building on the opposite side of the street.

Question for ya!

Guys, if I run back to my car & get my hat can I sit with you then??!

Ladies wanted

These pictures of Austin, Nevada in 1940 show no signs of any women living there. I immediately thought of the "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" film from decades ago and then I had to wonder who these rough and ready male pioneers danced with in their leisure time on Saturday nights. Then again, maybe the genteel ladies in Austin just did not go into this neighborhood.

Pant Cuffs

They were still the rage in the 1950s. We had to turn down and empty our cuffs before entering the house. Quite a surprise what would come out sometimes: wheat chaff, dead wasps, bottle caps, cigarette butts -- often as not things we didn't want our mothers to see!

Not a backward ballcap in the bunch

Just hats. Real men's hats.

Funky advertisement

The clean cut boy on the left looks like he's selling Arrow shirts.

[Also seen here and here. -Dave]

The Golden Club

Is still there next door. Only the first floor of the Hogan remains.

Half Hotel today

... but otherwise still there:


Bring them buckaroos a bench!

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