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The Mint: 1940

The Mint: 1940

November 1940. "Pool hall and game parlor in Central Valley, California. This is one of the boom towns near Shasta Dam." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Dead One

Looks like someone was trying to decorate the porch roof with an empty whiskey bottle. Dag nabbed ruffians!!

Minty Fresh

Bold, with delicate overtones of outline! I love how the lamp shadow mimics the exquisite drop shadow. The typeface below seems to have roots in our modern typeface 'Hobo'. And by modern, I mean designed in 1915. One question: Why would you climb all the way up there to remove a dead lightbulb and not replace it?

Carter Wins Senate Race!

California State Senator Committees. 1941

CARTER - Public Health and Safety (Vice Chairman), Education, Fish and Game, Judiciary, Water Resources


Democrat Oliver J Carter beat write-in candidate William Menzel, to serve in the State Legislature 5th District from 1941 to 1949.

Interestingly, he won the seat when his father, who had held the seat prior, was appointed to the California Supreme Court. Carter later became a judge himself.

Menzel was one of the early clients of Whitaker and Baxter, one of the first campaign consultants.

There was a William Menzel mentioned in this issue of the SF Call of 1911-06-18, which says he was a wealthy businessman who lived in Redding - a town near the site of the Shasta Dam - and bailed out an indicted bank president. That was 29 years prior, so perhaps it was his father, or maybe candidate Menzel used a rather old picture on his campaign fliers.

The Shasta Dam was under construction when this taken - it opened in 1945

Sam Crawford, don't miss him

In a few days he will be in Oregon!

The Evening Herald from Klamath Falls, Oregon - Tuesday, November 12, 1940· Page 2:

Dance with Sam Crawford and his 14-piece band

Oliver Carter

The senator (and later judge) whose campaign poster is seen here would go on to preside over the Patty Hearst trial.

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