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Chinese Temple: 1940

Chinese Temple: 1940

November 1940. "Main street. Delano, California." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Jimmy D.

The driver of the first car appears to have a large pointy nose and smoking a pipe. I realize it is really the hat brim of the person sitting in the right seat creating the nose illusion. I am not sure who is smoking the pipe. My first thought however was that the driver was Jimmy Durante.

Not a '32 Ford

The "strange coupe" that is "four cars over" appears to be a circa 1933 Willys.

Radio central

The pool hall has several "long wire" antennae attached to a pole. I'm guessing that would be the place to hear the game, etc. from the big city (LA & SF, about 160 miles away), or even international shortwave news. Deluxe radios of this era could tune shortwave and longwave in addition to commercial AM.

Alternate theory: Local radio dispatch for trucks, etc.

Not a deuce

elbeaver, the car you are looking at it a Willys 77. The body style shown here was used from 1933 until '36. I can't tell without seeing the front end what one it is.


I finally got what Radar O'Reilly was talking about in M*A*S*H all those years ago when he ordered a Grape Nehi at Rosie's Bar. Not being a citizen of the US.

Four Cars Over

Fourth car from the left I believe is a 1932 Ford -- tough looking 80 years ago.

Strange coupe.

The '37 Ford is easy to identify but not the fourth car in. A five-window coupe with very interesting wheel design. I don't believe I've ever seen one before.

Starfish on the Grille

On the auto far left. Must be amphibious.

1937 Ford

Really nice '37 Ford Deluxe Fordor front and center. Pretty shiny looking for a three-year-old car in that era.

"Old" California

Florsheim Shoes always remind me of going to the mall in So. Cal. and my grandfather, who often wore them.

And the side-on view of the grille of that late-30's Ford(?) in the front of the row of cars is fascinatingly almost transparent. I have never seen that angle on that before.

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