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Grub Rustler: 1939

Grub Rustler: 1939

November 1939. "West Texan at eating house at auction. Stockyards, San Angelo, Texas." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Admin. View full size.

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All Hat

That hat and the others would be worth a small fortune here in Colorado. And the hot sauce toothpick holder will be instituted here on our table.

Keeps you regular!

The other two posters on the wall next to the "knees" are given away by their clock rounds denoting 10, 2 and 4.

Dr. Pepper's sales gimmick at the time was to prevent periodic midday slumps by obtaining a sugar blast at 10 am, 2 pm and 4 pm.


Wasn't it customary to remove your hat indoors?

[Not in places like this. - Dave]


It's a BLT!

Cafe Rorschach

Took a minute to figure out that Royal Crown poster in the upper left was just a picture of knees.

Aches and Pains

I noticed an aspirin tin over by his coffee and the hot sauce. Hard working guy probably full of aches and pains.


I like the use of sundae glasses to hold spoons and napkins. And the hot sauce bottle reused as a toothpick dispenser is a pretty neat idea.

No Hope

Just Crosby.

I Love My Sandwich

Oh sandwich you are the greatest sandwich I have ever had. I wish I could marry you and keep you around always. I want you to last forever but with every mouthwatering bite you keep getting smaller.

I am in a quandary. To bite or not to bite? To just admire your beautiful lines and appealing aroma or to consume you with animal passion? Oh what to do? Oops there goes another bite and another and oh horrors you are gone. What am I to do?

I know. I'll ask the waitress for another.


These two hard-working fellows would be amazed at what their "worn" jackets would bring on the vintage clothing market in just 79 years.

Two Happy Truckers!

Absolutely enjoying lunch/dinner, and not worried a bit if Hitler will invade Poland or not!


That ol' boy's been rode hard and put up wet.

Bing Crosby


Hard-working REAL cowboys

This reminds me of many days I have spent bringing visitors (who wanted to see real working cowboys) to visit the Okla. City Stockyards which I'm sure are similar to those everywhere. The workers who herd the cattle into the auction arenas must get very down and dirty and have to be exhausted after showing dozens of head of cattle on "auction day" and must ignore the, shall we say, sweet smell of success, particularly on hot summer days when the temp. is in the triple digits. These men work their butts off and it can't be easy. Our nearby cafe also has tables and a bar, but this old marble counter is a beauty and the display of depression glass utilitarian wares makes me nostalgic for days of yore.

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