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Grocery Corner: 1941

Grocery Corner: 1941

March 1941. Norfolk, Virginia. "Traffic on Bainbridge Boulevard." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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The cop seems to have adopted a boxer’s stance, slightly toed-in, and useful. In dodging both punches and errant traffic.

little garage @ 1401

The garage at 1401 Bainbridge Boulevard was built in 1900 according to property records.

Northwest Corner Not Southeast

I believe this is the northwest corner of Bainbridge and Park. The 3 homes match exactly, and the house behind the store still exists partially hidden in the overgrowth.

Did anyone else see

... The Good Dog?

Only a stop sign on Park Ave now

Here is the northwest corner of Bainbridge Blvd and Park Avenue now. It appears to be much quieter than in 1941.

Let me guess

This photo was taken during "rush hour".

Just Missing A Motorcycle

I like the bus, but as the policeman looks to be a motorcycle cop, I wish his ride was in the picture, too.

Bainbridge and Park

This is located in South Norfolk, which counterintuitively is located in Chesapeake. You can still see the remnants of the old curb on google maps street view.

Director of traffic.

Maybe Erich von Stroheim.

Random observations

One: the person leering from the upstairs back window of the building; two: the dog sitting and watching in the yard below; and three: the word "sugar" framed in the windshield of the bus.

West to the bridge

Before I-464 was built and the bridge access was realigned with Poindexter Street, the street that led to the bridge was Park Avenue, so this would be looking northwest at the corner of Bainbridge & Park. The two houses on the right are still with us.

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