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Fruitland: 1941

Fruitland: 1941

September 1941. "Enosburg Falls, Vermont. Shopping on a Saturday afternoon." Photo by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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An Educated Guess

I'd say this is the building. Stone lintels on the second story windows, recessed entrance, and while the original photo does not show the entire facade, the sign suggests the existence of only two second-floor windows.

Notes from a carriage driver

The front wheels of that carriage have a restricted turning radius before they hit the sides of the carriage. Turning around must have been cumbersome.

The breeching on the harness is too tight.

The horse doesn't seem to be well cared for but he has a good attitude, based on his forward ears. He is likely a Morgan, based on his build and the location, Vermont.

The building's still there!

Wasn't sure until I saw the two windows on the side of the building next door, now covered over.

Second class license

I had to find out what this was. In Vermont, a course had to be completed for anyone selling or handling alcohol to insure they were doing so in a safe way.

The Grapes of Fruitland

Looks like Ma Joad stocking up for the trip west.

Second Class is Not OK

The First Class surreys have a fringe on top.

Old Dobbin there

I sure hope they treated the horse to nice fresh crisp apple or two for the walk home. I'm sure he would appreciate that a whole bunch.

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