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Sportsmen's Tavern: 1940

Sportsmen's Tavern: 1940

November 1940. "Having a beer in 'Art's Sportsmen's Tavern' on a rainy day in Colchester, Connecticut." Acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.


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Election Day

Campaign button looks more like Wendell Willkie than FDR - certainly not WC Fields!

[It's FDR. - Dave]

I want to be there

Something about this photo really pulls at me. I want to sit with these guys and just listen to the conversation. I also want a pair of boots like that young man has.

Arthur Charles Zupnik (1909-1999)

Owner (for twenty years) of Art's Sportsmen's Tavern, Justice of the Peace, and charter member of the Colchester Fishing Club.

I'll be there in a bit

Just let me lace up my boots. Shouldn't take more than 30 minutes.

Human felicity

"There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn." --Samuel Johnson

Which is even truer on a rainy winter's day.

Greco-Italian War

The Greco-Italian War of 1940 was a part of World War II. Fascist Italy invaded Greece from Albania on October 28, 1940. They were repulsed by the Greek Army back beyond the border at some places by November 5. The Italians never got as far as Athens. I think that's where the news was coming from: the Greek command HQ.

Dude on the left with Jimmy Durante appendage.

I'll just bet he honks a symphony whiles he's sleeping.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it

Anyone that young smoking a pipe today certainly wouldn't have tobacco in it.

Election Day?

Any ideas on the button the gentlemen man on the left is wearing on his trousers? Something to do with voting/election day perhaps?

[It's a hunting permit. The campaign button is on his shirt. - Dave]

Who's in retreat?

Maybe our history buffs can tell us who is retreating in Athens in November of 1940. Can't read the first word in the Daily News headline.

[ITALIANS. - Dave]

Windows to the Past

I found this site comparing past images of Art's with modern views. In the Google Street View it appears to be a pub:

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