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Kewpee Panorama: 1940

Kewpee Panorama: 1940

July 1940. "Brick house on main street of Benton Harbor, Michigan." This composite of two photos taken by John Vachon features "Kewpee Hamburgs" (last seen here) on the left; the previously unseen portion on the right stars a Texaco station and body shop. View full size.


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Kewpee Hamburgs

Sign Painter – Discount for Volume

Noticed that two different businesses, Kewpee Hamburgs and White’s Auto Body, have signs painted by the same guy. Signature trademarks are identical fonts and the beginning letter of every word is a different color from the following letters.

One more survivor.

The shadow on the Texaco lot in the Vachon photo matches the roof line of the building at right in the current view.

The last house on the block

This reminds of neighborhoods today that are gradually taken over by commercial development.

Kewpee is gone, house is gone but Jesse B remains

Kewpee lunch stood at 261 E Main. That building past the lot with the Texaco sign remains but somewhat modified but you can still see where the stair to the second floor over the garage was once was.


I spent two weeks in Benton Harbor on a business trip 15 or 20 years ago. It was a beautiful little city.

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