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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NEW ZEALAND CENTENNIAL: 1840-1940

Wreck on the Highway: 1939

Wreck on the Highway: 1939

        The Solomon Siler House in Pike County, Alabama.

May 1939. "Old home in Alabama built about 1850 called 'Silver Place,' owned by Mr. Frazier, now rented by two families." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
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A fast photographer

I'm impressed that the photographer was able to move all the equipment across the road and set up for another shot before the dog could leave the porch.

Additional Views Here

Some additional exterior and interior views here: https://www.loc.gov/resource/hhh.al0705.photos/?sp=1

Almost like a real estate listing, but not.

More than a 4-inch paintbrush

Happily, there was more in the resto budget than paint! They even got the county road moved away from the front porch.

I went to the scene of destruction.

Admittedly looking pretty sketchy in these photos, this is really a well proportioned, handsome house. Beautiful staircase and hallway inside as well. And thank you, Dave: now I will have Roy Acuff singing in my head the rest of the day. "When whiskey and blood run together, Did you hear anyone pray?"

It's for sale

This 4023 sq. ft. house at 5843 County Road 7714 in Troy, AL, is priced at $175,000. It sits on 4.2 acres and has 5 bedrooms and 2 baths.

A 4-inch paintbrush

And a quick trip or two or three or four to Sherwin-Williams would spruce the place right up. I think.

 
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