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Wel-Mart: 1940

Wel-Mart: 1940

May 1940. "Doctor's office in rear of country store. Faulkner County, Arkansas." Acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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"Honey, I gotta run down to the store to get this boil lanced. Need anything while I'm there?!"

I don't know why, but I've just got a sneaky suspicion that a lot of unpleasant things might've happened in that chair!

Cringe inducing

A dentist from that era would have used one of these to remove teeth instead of forceps. Thank God for modern dentistry.

Thorogood shoes (lower right corner)

Made in the U.S. since 1892, and I've been wearing them solely for over twenty years.

And me, with my time machine broken

If only I could travel to this "Wel-mart" to stock up on oilcloth (on the far left). Just try to find some real oilcloth today!


I don't know how far back, but I swear that pattern on the cloth at left we've seen in a photo in the last few months.

Bunion relief?

In the shoe box behind the chair the white high heeled shoe has a shoe stretcher in it. I still use the one my father used in the '40s to stretch a spot for my hammer toe. It has moveable inserts to stretch a space for a bunion or just to widen the shoe a bit.

Dual purpose?

The chair with the headrest resembles that of a dentist, which this doctor was also. But the shoe stretcher might have another use to hold the patient’s mouth open.

This is all tongue in cheek of course.

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