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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAINIER NATIONAL PARK: c. 1920s

Triple Cola: 1939

Triple Cola: 1939

November 1939. "Lunch stand and tobacco inside entrance to warehouse at end of auction sale. Durham, North Carolina." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Wurlitzer Table Model 61 – 1938.

Double Cola Clocks

The Coca Cola clock in the right-hand window reminds us that he who has one clock always knows what time it is. He who has two is never quite sure.

Um, er

Perhaps blusun meant the Coca-Cola clock to the right below the Atlantic Ale/Beer neon sign?

[Well duh. Thankyou! - Dave]

Sold American

In the back of my mind I can still hear the chants of F.E.Boone and Speed Riggs selling that fine, that ripe, that mild tobacco. Did you know doctors prefer Luckies 2-1?!

Luckies 2 to 1

I threw almost a full pack of luckies in the trash in 1974 after an endless coughing spell - a weak later the cough went away and never returned

Coke-lectable

Looking at auctions, the Coca-Cola clock is worth about $6K.

Pads of Tobacco

I tied many of those bundles of tobacco and knelt in those wooden baskets to pad them up. The baskets are becoming collectors items. I remember well standing in the warehouse to see the auctioneers and buyers pass through and make or break your year.

Times long gone in Durham

When I first moved to Durham in the early 1980s, the city still had a sweet, distinctive aroma of curing tobacco in its downtown district. Over the years that fragrance disappeared, and many of these warehouse/auction houses have been leveled to make way for high-dollar condominium complexes. Thank you for a reminder of a simpler time.

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