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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.


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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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