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Archer Mercantile: 1937

Archer Mercantile: 1937

November 1937. "Store building at Alger [i.e. Archer], Sheridan County, Montana." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Out of business

Not every small town that gets shut down can blame it on Walmart.

Gasoline Pumps

The early gasoline pump on the right being looked down upon by the modern version is classic.

Gone but also forgotten

Neither Alger nor Archer appears on Google Maps, nor on the list of towns and ghost towns for Sheridan County: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheridan_County,_Montana#Communities

[Au contraire. -Dave]

Whitmarsh

Call me crazy, but I read nightmarish. And isn’t that Prince Albert in a can behind the door insulated with cardboard?

Modest, isolated lives

Many of the photos to be found on this website show a rural America of modest means in isolated environments. I suspect a Sear catalog was their only contact with the "outside" world.

Perhaps WWII was as much a cultural change as an economic or political force. And this was life not long before many of us were born.

Just wondering.

I believe that the metropolis of Archer Montana

Is fresh out of mercantile. And maybe a while before another shipment arrives.

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