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Payne Service: 1939

Payne Service: 1939

September 1939. "Combination filling station, garage, blacksmith shop, grocery store. Frank Petty, owner of the wagon, has just had his mule shod, his corn ground, purchased some kerosene and is returning home. R.F.D. Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


Otis Meade Payne

Otis had a son of the same name but in 1939 he would of only been a teenager. Sr. would of been 46. Getting the picture as large as I can, I am going to say its the senior Otis Payne standing in the lot.

Otis Meade Payne's address in 1940 is listed as 2125 N. Main Street (Route 293) in Danville.

Oh what I would give

to find a decent 1939 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery today. Rare then and extremely rare today.

Vehicle IDs

L-R: Lincoln Zephyr; mule powered unsprung flatbed; 1939 Chevrolet sedan delivery with Old Gold cigarette package image on the door; 1934 Chevrolet coach.

When "full service" meant something ...

Can you shoe only one mule at a time? Would you have a mule alignment problem?

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