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Our Treasures: 1941

Our Treasures: 1941

July 4, 1941. Vale, Oregon. "One of the floats in the Fourth of July parade." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Onward Christian Soldiers

The flag is called the Christian Flag. See the Wikipedia entry for more information.

Flag

Can anybody identify that flag?

C.M. CRANDALL ATTORNEY AT LAW

Born in Illinois in 1861, admitted to practice in 1896, and working 52 weeks a year in 1939 (according to the 1940 census), the lawyer responsible for the gold-leafed second-floor window shingle would have turned 80 in 1941. According to a 1916 news article in the local Malheur Enterprise, "Mr. Crandall is a gifted orator and is ever ready with a gilt edge impromptu speech on most any occasion."

Treasures indeed

What a unique and creative idea for a Fourth of July float ... darling tykes spilling out of a treasure chest. Just weeks before Pearl Harbor and America's entrance into WWII. And the little guy with his back to the camera, holding the lid, seeming to embody every American virtue with his strength and watchfulness. This picture makes my chest hurt and I think I have something in my eye.

Vale Oregon

The parade had arrived at North Main and "A" Street, looking north.

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