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South Royalton: 1941

South Royalton: 1941

September 1941. "Small-town scenes in Vermont. Storefronts along the main street in South Royalton." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.


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The diagonal crack in the bricks above RB's Delicatessen is visible in both photos. Nice to see that it didn't progress into a major structural problem.

Access Issues

as defined and regulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) pretty much killed off the basement store.

Five Minutes Ago

Just five minutes before checking in on Shorpy, I was looking (as I often do) at the upcoming schedule of films on Turner Classic Movies. Just wanted to see if there was anything I should plan to DVR. On Monday, August 16, at 10:00 a.m., they will be running Navy Blue and Gold. Cute movie, made the year my mother was born.

Now Playing at the South Royalton Multiplex

"I Met My Love Again" with Henry Fonda and Joan Bennett, "Rebecca" with Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, and "When Ladies Meet" with Robert Taylor and Joan Crawford.

Was the theatre in the basement?

The Rising Sun Lodge #7 AF&AM

They still meet to this day at 234 Chelsea every 3rd Wednesday at 7:30pm

Chartered in 1807

Where did they all go?

Interesting how all those 'basement' shops like Benedict's barber shop shown here all but disappeared. The same has happened here in Prescott. Nobody likes basements any more?

What happened this week, September 1941?

  • 15: The Estonian Self-Administration, headed by Hjalmar Mäe, is appointed by the German military administration.
  • 16: German armour troops surround Kiev Ukraine
    Hitler orders for every dead German, 100 Yugoslavian be killed
    Jews of Vilna Poland confined to Ghetto
  • 19: 1st meeting of partizans Tito and Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia
    German army conquerors Kiev

But for distraction better go to the movies! To be seen in the South Royalton Masonic Lodge!

The more things change

Looking at these same buildings today I thought of the photo of Gonzalez, Texas posted last week. Both showed a small town 'main drag' block like this that have had changes in businesses but remain otherwise unaltered. In both towns you swing around behind you to find a town square. The folks walking around in Gonzalez are certainly different from those in South Royalton but to me at least, it's reassuring in a way I can't really put a label on.

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