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Cigarette City: 1940

Cigarette City: 1940

October 1940. "Durham, North Carolina. Five Points, center of city, with Chesterfield cigarette factories in background." Acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.


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Penny Furniture Co.

There's an image on Flickr about the renovated Penny building and the repainted sign.

Chesterfield Man

One of my most vivid memories of my dad when I was a boy in the '50s was the pack of Chesterfields he kept in one shirt pocket and a Zippo lighter in the other. He said he got started on them when he was on an aircraft carrier in WW2 and had just turned 18. He had a triple bypass when he was 65 and quit cold turkey. He lived another 20 years. The cigarettes didn't kill him--he just wore out.

One of those signs

not seen today is Murdock Ice & Coal.

Fast-forward to today

... and there are at least a dozen hipster coffee shops in this frame.

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