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Kings of the Road: 1940

Kings of the Road: 1940

December 1940. First caption: "Close-up of car from Mississippi used for sleeping as well as shelter and traveling. Evidences of cooking outdoors are beside it. On highway near Camp Livingston, Alexandria, Louisiana." Later that day: "Two construction workers who sleep in car, cooking outdoors. One is from Memphis, Tennessee, and worked formerly on construction of the Dupont munitions plant at Millington. The other is from Decatur, Mississippi, and worked previously at the Camp Shelby job in Hattiesburg. He said: 'We live like kings out here. I never did carpenter before I heard you could get paid so much for it; then it didn't take me long to be one.' They are both working on the Camp Livingston job near Alexandria." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


Nice Guys

They can't be that bad -- they're driving a 1928 Cadillac!


Would someone hazard a guess about that pen-like structure behind the two guys?

Camp Shelby

The tag is an access permit to enter the base, not a state registration, which would have been only on the back of the car, since Mississippi was one of only a few states that issued single plates as far back as the 1940s.


Army bases had their own license plates?

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