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Theatrically Incorrect: 1939

Theatrically Incorrect: 1939

November 1939. "Tobacco warehouse during auction sales in Oxford, Granville County, North Carolina." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

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Where the signs are

The sign with the girl on it suggests that the side of the tobacco warehouse is used because it's one place in town where most men, and few women, would bother going. It's also one place where even the poorest men might have a few coins jingling in their pockets before they go home.

[Minstrel shows get their start as white people in blackface performing for other white people. By 1938, the minstrel circuit was mostly black people performing for "colored" audiences. Tobacco and cotton warehouses, where just-paid sharecroppers congregate, saw a lot of these handbills. - Dave]

Minstrel show anywhere nearby?

Paid by the sign, maybe? Should have spread them around town a bit more.

[Who can tell us the reason those bills are here and not "around town"? - Dave]

On Target

People may walk a mile for a Camel, and Chesterfield may satisfy them, but something pissed someone off in this town. Those signs look like they have received their fair share of buckshot. Not unusual for a rural road sign then. But in town? Maybe it was after a bad day at the auction.

[Not from a gun, unless it's a nail gun. Click to enlarge. - Dave]

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