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Mitiguy Hardware: 1941

Mitiguy Hardware: 1941

September 1941. "South Royalton, Vermont. The main street." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Two Forms of Filling Up

Water for your horses and fuel for your car. One free, one quite pricey.

Chelsea Station and Odd Fellows

I noticed in Doug's Google Maps view of the current location that the awning says "Chelsea Station." I wonder if that's a nod to it's its former role as a filling station. Additionally, it appears the The Independent Order of Odd Fellows still occupies the second floor above the hardware store.

80 years later, oddly enough (or not),

as there are still several thousand lodges worldwide, the local IOOF still draws enough members to hold twice-monthly meetings.

Ya gotta water your horse at home now

Here's the Google street view. The Mobil gas station is now a thrift store. The nearest gas pump I could locate is now about a quarter-mile behind where Jack Delano was standing, down Chelsea Street on the other side of White River. There are railroad tracks where this group of buildings end. The horse trough was probably placed there because the town square is across the street from these buildings. It's now planted with flowers. Looking around on Google maps I was surprised to see nearby White River Valley High School has three soccer fields and baseball diamonds, but no football field.

Dobbin knows --

-- just ask him.

Allegedly that round road menace is a watering trough. Amazingly -- even for Vermont, one adds (snidely) -- it's still there.

The most interesting gasoline station I have ever seen.

I have NEVER seen a gasoline station right in the middle of the block like that. That is quite uniquely strange. Also, this is the earliest instance of a credit card being mentioned that I have ever seen as well. Double interestingness there.

And the monument is still there but the quirky gasoline station is gone.

[That "monument" is a horse fountain. More curbside gasoline here. - Dave]

Wouldn't You Really Rather Have a Buick?

I'm usually not that good at identifying pre-1950 cars, but I do believe that great looking black sedan is a 1941 Buick.

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