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Ghost Cafe: 1941

Ghost Cafe: 1941

September 1941. "Building on main street of ghost town. Judith Basin County, Montana." The Home Cafe / Kandy Kitchen / Eat Shop. Also, Rooms. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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The ghost town is Geyser, Montana, which still exists. Ms. Wolcott took other pictures of this ghost town, including a few of the former First National Bank. That building survives, which is how ID'd the town after making an educated guess it was the place.

Fading Away

I can see the faded letters for POST OFFICE, but this photo would have been a perfect place for a similar ghostly image of the SHORPY logo. I wonder what the original colour of the building was?

So precise

I'm always delighted viewing Ms. Wolcott's photos. The subjects are interesting and her skill with the camera, in a technological way, is superb. Here, the edges of the photo and the corner posts of the cafe look as if a draftsman laid them out. I didn't take a micrometer to prove parallel, but I wouldn't be surprised learn that she'd achieved it. Great "pichertaker" she was.

[Some of the credit goes to Photoshop. - Dave]

Please, leave my other fantasies alone, I liked being the way I was about her skills.

Put the hammer down

Eddy's Pan Dandy Bread was the creation of J.E. "Eddy" O'Connell (1886-1972), who due to his business acumen combined with a gentle demeanor, earned a reputation as a "velvet hammer" and a "cream puff filled with concrete." He was legend for his philanthropic work in Helena, Montana, as well as for high-yield bakeries in that state (one of which operated beneath a brothel), and from Utah and Washington to the Dakotas. On his and his wife's shared tombstone in Resurrection Cemetery in Helena is etched a loaf of Eddy's bread.

Was also the post office

Or so say the washed out words above the East Shop Cafe.

[Eat Shop. - Dave]

[ :) ... And me on a full, non-SloppyType keyboard I've used for almost 30 years. ]

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