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Clack Elevator: 1941

Clack Elevator: 1941

August 1941. "Grain storage elevators. Havre, Montana." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Great Northern 805

... Rail motel for linemen's overnights.

Marion does it again with her unique eye and point of view coupled with perfect exposures -- literally and figuratively. That freebie landscape and all the technical information is a work of art. She's the best. By the way, the town's name, Havre, in Norwegian means "oats."

Also in the oil business

"Clack entered the Spokane market in 1922, setting up tanks, distribution and new stations. He watched as competition grew and his profit margin dropped. In desperation, he tried a new idea. He placed a second gas pump next to his first and labeled it “Hi Power,” charging a penny more per gallon. Sure enough, customers bought 6 gallons of “Hi Power” for every gallon of regular.

“Salesmanship is a better avenue to success than price-cutting,” he told a reporter."


Vintage Coach

That handsome arch-window passenger car was practically an antique by 1941, especially on a Class I railroad such as the Great Northern. Obsolete passenger equipment was sometimes used by railroads for maintenance-of-way crews; maybe that's the case here. Perhaps a Great Northern expert can shed some light.

Safe Harbor

It seems about the same today.

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