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Twenty-One: 1980

Twenty-One: 1980

"21 Club, Buffalo, Wyoming, 1980." 35mm color transparency from the John Margolies Roadside America photographic archive. Happy New Year from Shorpy! View full size.


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Lesson Learned

Amen to that. Back in the 70s, my hometown built a nice pedestrian mall, which I photographed extensively. It was unpopular, and was razed in the '90s, and the streets put back in. The director of the historical society said all their photos were monochrome newspaper shots, so they were delighted to get my slides. I kept the scans and gave them the originals.

Tempus Fugit

Man, I’m getting old when the year 1980 makes it on to Shorpy!

The Shorpy lesson

Seeing this photo reminds me that I never think of taking photos of the streets, businesses, and cars, in Durham, NC, where I live. I mean, how interesting could such photos be? But Shorpy shows every day that subjects that seem mundane and uninteresting in the here and now are hugely interesting in later years. So, take some pictures, people, and save them.

Re: Coors in 1980

When I first saw this I was wondering about Coors being available in Buffalo, NY in 1980. As I had recalled it wasn't sold in the the eastern US until later in the eighties. Thanks for clearing this up Dave!

Coors in 1980 addenda

Coors was the beer of the West back then; you couldn't legally buy it east of the Mississippi. Got a couple cases of it out here in Michigan back then and thought WOW, let's party!! It tasted like Golden water. Back to Stroh's.

Coors in 1980

Coors was kind of a big deal back then. Smokey and the Bandit helped.

Buffalo, Wyo.

Here's a current photo of the building.

Doubt this is Buffalo, NY

I've lived here for 70 years and do not recognize this. I've also shared on Facebook "Former Buffalo Restaurants" and no one else recognizes. It might be Buffalo, Wyoming.

[Indeed it is. Caption corrected! - Dave]

Time Travel

Is it just me, or was 1980 just 10 or 20 years ago; not FORTY years ago.

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