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Jolly Time: 1936

Jolly Time: 1936

November 1936. "Street scene. Popcorn stand in Ames, Iowa." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

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1926 Cretors Model D Popcorn Wagon

One sold at Sotheby's in 2013 for $115,500

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I like the blocks of wood bracing the wheels to make sure the popcorn wagon is level on the sloping street. But what about that electrical wiring bracket up on the roof? The wires likely lead to a power supply nearby.

The building in the background still exists in Ames, which appears to have a bustling downtown. In the attached Google street view 2017 photo there is a food truck parked in the same location as the popcorn wagon, and it sells BBQ meat under the name "Cornbred".

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