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King of the Road: 1941

King of the Road: 1941

March 1941. "Construction worker from Fort Bragg. He lives in this homemade bunkhouse in Manchester, North Carolina." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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There is an awesome series of photos in the Library of Congress archives taken by Marion Post Wolcott, as I recall, during the early part of 1941, covering the area around Alexandria, Louisiana, at the time several large Army camps were being built in the vicinity. Many of the photos were of construction workers living in similar accommodations as the one shown here.

Despite the Spartan lodgings, I imagine the workers were more than happy to have a steady job after 10-plus years of the Depression.

Old Streetcar

As evidenced by the destination sign area and light areas on either side. I would not be surprised if this went back to the horse drawn era.

[This is a metal van or bus body that originally would have been mounted on a truck chassis, similar to the vehicles seen here and here. - Dave]

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