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All-American: 1939

All-American: 1939

        UPDATE: As noted by our astute commenters, the store shown here is now the home of Bill Green's restaurant, Gullah Grub.

July 4, 1939. "A Fourth of July celebration. St. Helena Island, South Carolina." 35mm color transparency by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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July 4th, 1939

This photo is a masterpiece.

Table for two, please!

This is Bill Green's restaurant, Gullah Grub, as noted below. Check his cooking shows on YouTube!

The Gullah culture was well-represented on Amelia Island, where I'm from, and I loved to listen to the folks talk. And their food was AMAZING!

Thin and trim

A similar photo taken today would show that among other things, Americans have put on a lot of weight in the last 80 years.

The building

This pic was taken at Frogmore. The building is at the intersection of the Sea Island Parkway (Highway 21) and State Road S-7-45 (Land's End Road). I lived on Ladys Island a few miles from here and passed this spot many times on my way to the beach at Hunting Island State Park. The family that owned it for many years operated a general store on the ground level and lived upstairs. I went to school with the kids who lived there and visited them several times in their living quarters. At that time, late 1950s-early '60s, there was an outside stairway to the upper level on the left side of the building, which is now a restaurant.

This is Frogmore

... at U.S. 21 on St. Helena Island. The building is now a restaurant: Gullah Grub.

Marvels of America

There are so many things I don’t know about the USA. For instance, if someone showed me this photo, without the flag, and asked me where I thought it was, I might guess Trinidad. An island in South Carolina? Okay, and add that to my long list of unknown items about America. Great choice for a photo, Dave, and happy national day to all of you south of the world’s longest land border from someone north of that line.


There's little doubt that many pictured here had grandparents and great-grandparents who were forced into the unconscionable and obscene act of slavery. Yet they're all dressed up in their finest duds to pay their respects to that same country's (their country's) important holiday. Pure class. Here's hoping the Good Lord blessed them all!

God has blessed America

With countless fine and brave patriotic citizens who, together, regardless of personal cost, have made her a great nation. Long may Old Glory wave.

Hear hear!

One of the best pictures I’ve ever seen on Shorpy. Thank you

What a Great Picture!

I just love the color transparencies from the 1930s and '40s!

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