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Just Got In: 1940

Just Got In: 1940

December 1940. Radford, Virginia. "Influx of construction workers to build Hercules Powder Plant -- new arrivals in town. They've come by bus from West Radford." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Even the carpenter knew --

You don't carry a heavy box by it's its handle.

No hat no job

Can't be taken seriously at that time.

Good luck, son

Wondering if the woman in the car is related to the man looking into the camera.

I Saw What He Did

That be a carpenter's toolbox with a large square sticking through the top.
Trust me -- I'm a carpenter!

The autos

The car on the right is a 1939 Ford Deluxe and the next one appears to be a 1936 Packard 120 three-window coupe.

Long commute?

How far is West Radford from Radford?
I could only find information on the latter.

[Wikipedia has an entry for West Radford.- Dave]

That indicates West Radford and Radford are in the same town. So why does the photo indicate these men just arrived, with luggage, apparently by bus?

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