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G Is for Grundy: 1940

G Is for Grundy: 1940

February 1940. "Main street (G Avenue) in Grundy Center, Iowa." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Rip off the "Modern Facades" attempt to update the town center, add snow and an old car show and you could duplicate most of this photo today.

Mr. Rothstein's auto

The photographer managed to include his personal auto in this photo (second car on the right). Who else would have had District of Columbia plates in Grundy Center that day?

All in the training

I've lurked and commented for several years here with Shorpy.

Had you told me before posting this that you were going to show Main Street, Grundy Center, Iowa, of February 1940, I would have already had an accurate idea of what was coming up.

I wonder

If I would look suspicious buying up all the used cars and car parts in town with money from the future?

Much is still the same

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