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A Bumper Crop: 1940

A Bumper Crop: 1940

March 1940. San Angelo, Texas. "Watching the parade which opened the Fat Stock Show." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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What parade?

Those kids look like they would rather be somewhere else.

Body shaming

I trust that the festival is now called the Ample Bovine Exhibition.

Dapper dad

The suit jacket fits perfectly around the man's neck. No gaps. The shirt collar is a perfect fit too. Mom doesn't seem impressed.

And go get a steak at Lowake Steak House

San Angelo is a little off the beaten path, but it has some interesting history worth seeing.
* Fort Concho National historic landmark.
* One of the original Hilton Hotels, which still dominates the San Angelo skyline.
* A second floor bordello that was raided in the early 1950s, boarded up, became a time capsule, and is now a museum. The tour of Miss Hattie's includes the stories of some of the women who worked there.
* The Twin Buttes Reservoir, which was riddled with construction problems and began leaking upon completion in 1964. In 1969 the lake it created received the Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in Flying Fickle Finger of Fate award because it caught on fire.

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