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Back to the Garden: 1941

Back to the Garden: 1941

August 1941. "Town square. Woodstock, Illinois." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Getting a Good Seat

The first two of a half-a-million strong!

Odd combination

Among businesses in background are ones devoted to HVAC, sheet metal work, and ... pottery.

A bookstore

That’s all that’s missing. Otherwise, I could live happily with the products and services of the shops visible across the park: furniture, haircut, candy, popcorn, ice cream, sewing machines, groceries, hardware, A/C and heating, metalwork, pottery, and more groceries. (I’m assuming I could find beer and such in Shinner’s Market and the IGA.)

Retro Ruminations

In spite of society's vast material progress since the time of this bucolic photo, it is difficult not to wonder whether the quality of our lives has been even remotely enhanced thereby.

Wait, what day is this?

Phil and Ned meet at the square where Groundhog day was filmed!

Looks very similar today

This is facing Van Buren Street. The two buildings on the right still exist and look remarkably similar, though the businesses have changed. The ones on the left appear to have been replaced or have had extensive remodeling of the facade. The benches are still in the same place.

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