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Guns Guitars Groceries: 1939

Guns Guitars Groceries: 1939

November 1939. "General store. Zebulon, Wake County, North Carolina." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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If they also sell cradles and caskets then you wouldn't need anyplace else.


Rolls of fence are obvious and what appear to be 20 or so rolls of barbed wire. I think there are at least three horse-drawn farm implements. Two appear to be disks (disk-harrows?). I do not know what the machine with the large wheels does. I would guess that these were probably rental implements.

Everything has its purpose

Just like this sign from Hussey's General Store in Windsor, Maine.

Dylan Lyrics

I think you could make the 1st few bars of "Subterranean Homesick Blues" fit this sign.

A Gentle Morning Light

The store of Avon Green Kemp (1874-1945) stood at the SW corner of Vance Street and Arendell Avenue, one block south of Runt's Pool Parlor.

Zebulon's first post office was established within this store. Milton S. Chamblee served as the town's first postmaster. In the early years, he would push a cart from this store to the train station to retrieve the mail.

If you look at the truck at the far left of this picture, you can detect the name 'Chamblee' on the side paneling.

Here's the 2019 perspective:

I can't play guitar

So I would trade the guitar section for a wine and spirits section. I would then be good to go. All my needs met. My go-to store.

Guns and Guitars

Oddly, my little town of Mesquite, Nevada, had a store called Guns and Guitars until recently. It sold, not surprisingly, guns and guitars.

They started small.

Selling books from the garage.

I've Often Said:

"Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be a Convenience Store, not a Gummint Agency".

Guns in 1939

They were a lot more of a necessity than they are nowadays.

bck in the day

you could leave your doors unlocked and your merchandise out beside the building

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