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The Best of Hurst: 1939

The Best of Hurst: 1939

January 1939. "Signs along highway approaching Hurst, Illinois." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


To the hospital! And to the grave!

It was VERY common for the local ambulance service to be run by a funeral home in towns across the US well into the 1950s (and beyond in some places). After all, the funeral home was the only business in town with a car that could carry a bed!

Speed limit?

Must've been a slow drive into Hurst. Or a lot of rear-enders.

Sun. and Mon.

See it with a song in your heart!

Vacation from Love

Forbidden fruits are the funniest!

Moroni's and Kroger

I love the slogan: "If it's merchandise, we have it."

Since Kroger is my store of choice for groceries, I am surprised to learn that it has been around so long without a name change.

Don't have an accident!

Looks like they don't have much confidence in the local hospital.

Hurst Shifter

Does it take a Hurst Shifter (or would it be a hearse shifter?) to go from the ambulance to the funeral home in Hurst, or is than an "automatic" (since they're on the same sign -- talk about ambulance chasers!)?

Listen Darling.

Freddie and Judy. One star falling, one on a meteoric rise.

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