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Crystal Palace: 1940

Crystal Palace: 1940

May 1940. "Famous old bar in Tombstone, Arizona." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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The fylfot cross came to suggest flying feet or speed of travel. About 400 miles from Tombstone, a most welcome sign upon reaching Peach Springs was the promise of “Ladies Rest Rooms” and the good luck/flying feet swastika.

Read more here about “Arizona's Secret History.”

Traveling signpainter's dream

Two ladders on the roof, some supplies and his kit in the trunk, one could spend a week or two here and live like a king.

Fertile Ground for Film

Sources disagree about the exact number, but Hollywood has produced approximately twenty films set in Tombstone and dealing with the exploits of the Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Cowboys.

Those Swastikas

I'm pretty sure the Navajo symbol for good luck disappeared from the face of the bar in a year or so, never to return.

Today's Palace

If the photo is the same Crystal Palace as seen in Street View, they have done a significant overhaul.

Still There

The Tombstone Chamber of Commerce has more info than the place's webpage.


I love these snapshots of life. Keep up the great work!

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