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Dixie Whiskey: 1940

Dixie Whiskey: 1940

Sept. 1940. "Selling watermelons on Saturdays and court day in Jackson. Breathitt County, Kentucky." Cundiff’s restaurant and package store. Photo: Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.


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Melon prices

I would love to know what those melons were going for. I'm reminded of the time my grandfather and I were driving from Cordele, Ga., to Augusta, Ga., in about 1957 and we stopped in the state farmers' market in Vienna, Ga. My grandfather bought a dollar's worth of watermelons and a dollar's worth of cantaloupes. That was 10 watermelons and 20 cantaloupes. When we got home he handed them out to all the kids in the neighborhood.

Better stock up on that whiskey and ale

Those whiskey and ale signs are intriguing, because Breathitt County was legally "dry" as late as 2016, when 58% of voters approved alcohol sales in restaurants and businesses. I wonder when the county went dry (that time).

As I recall from similar votes in the South of my youth, "good for business" eventually won out over "bad for behavior."

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Festive court

Mt. Sterling, KY celebrates its October court day as a festival.

Joseph Bengal Bates

"Bates was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Fred M. Vinson. He was reelected to the Seventy-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from June 4, 1938, to January 3, 1953. "

Driving the wagon

Looks like the kid from "The Rifleman."

The cart looks like 1840, not 1940

I know horses were still used even into the 1940s, but that cart is amazingly primitive. The only thing I can spot that places it in contemporary times is that metal center nut holding the wheels on.

"This being Court Day"

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