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Store House: 1941

Store House: 1941

March 1941. "Grocery store being converted into apartment to rent near the Navy yard. Portsmouth, Virginia." Medium format negative by John Vachon. View full size.


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Brand New 8 Years Ago

The car is a 1933 DeSoto. It was known by that large wraparound grille and the vertical metal trim over the headlights. It the middle of that trim piece is a very small DeSoto logo. My brother owned a 1933 coupe.

Not that we're in a rush, or anything

But could you hurry it up a little, Bud?

Featuring the Same Cast of Characters

Actually, the Navy CPO isn't the only repeat from the Foot Traffic photo of three weeks ago. If you look closely, the woman, the stroller dad, the roller skate kid and a couple others are one in the same.

The photographer didn't have to move much

It's just that others from the previous photo turned the corner from Nelson onto Sixth Street. Google maps shows that all of those buildings are now gone.

Quick photographer

If that's the same confidently striding CPO we saw in "Foot Traffic: 1941," the photographer must have had to sprint ahead to get the next photo in this series.

Old Salt From A Previous Shorpy Photo

Looks like the same Chief Petty Officer in the background as another Portsmouth photo presented here. How do I know it's the same Chief? He still has his hands in his pockets!

Have we met?

The guy in uniform with his hands in his pockets looks really familiar. I think I saw him exactly three weeks ago.

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