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Bananas, Borden's & Beyond: 1939

Bananas, Borden's & Beyond: 1939

February 1939. "Fruit stand in Robstown, Texas." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Foot Rest

Can someone explain the warped and broken boards running low along the front of the shop? Also, what are the sticks with nails on their ends hinged to the columns for?

[To keep people from filching fruit, and to hold up the awnings. - Dave]

Spell Check

Hmmm, should be 'Cheerios' and 'Fudgesicle' on the signs. I'll let it go this time.

Bananas

These look like the Gros Michel (Big Mike) variety, prior to disease forcing a move the newer Cavendish we see today. Unfortunately, the Cavendish is in danger as a single cultivar with disease issues in many growing regions. Some growers are working to re-institute the Gros Michel, which some feel is a tastier variety, as well.

My dad would’ve called it a

Stick in the mud.

Also remember purple people eaters, nutty buddies, and dreamsicles.

Cheerios 5 cents

Vanilla ice cream on a stick with a hard thin chocolate shell. Crunchy chocolate and ice cream. All that bliss for a nickel.

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