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Red Robin: 1941

Red Robin: 1941

"Cold drinks on the Fourth of July" at the Red Robin Coffee Shop in Vale, Oregon. The year was 1941. Can we stay just a little longer? View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

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The calm before the storm

I wonder what they were all thinking, here. I'd bet at least some of them were wondering if it would be the last peaceful Independence Day for a while. Chances are, the two young men at the table were somewhere in the Pacific by the time the next Fourth of July came around. Certainly everyone in the picture had their lives change considerably.

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