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Fender, Roads: 1942

Fender, Roads: 1942

April 1942. Beaverhead County, Montana. "Road into Bannack, Montana's first capital." Acetate negative by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.


So, let me see ...

Where is the car?

Vachon Keeps Amazing Me

I think I'd seen John Vachon's name a few times before you started Shorpy, but you've planted him firmly among my favorite American photographers. This one is just stunning, as different as can be from his great Times Square 1943 shot (original AND colorized) but just as memorable.

Fender. Clouds. Road.

Outstanding reflections!

Geez --

At first I thought it was a pencil sketch, incredible photograph. A new favorite.


On Fender Road, I chanced upon a couple of 1966 Jensen C12Ns for my old Tremolux.

Following the ship

So, now we see that all the way through the northern Midwest, John Vachon was steering behind a chrome Mayflower. It makes me wonder if that's his 1937 Plymouth photobombing the main street of Hettinger. I dunno, though. The side vent on the hood of the Hettinger car looks more like a '38. But with the snow obscuring the hood ornament, we can't be completely sure it's even a Plymouth.

Musically amusing

My son is a keyboardist in a jazz trio. I don't think he's much for old photos but he will appreciate the play on words when I share this with him.

The key question:

Did they have a suitcase?

Piano reference.

A Great Musical Reference

Especially for us former musicians who had to lug one of those around!

I don't see the piano

Witty headline. I like it.

A particularly artful caption

will not go unappreciated.

Looks like a Thomas Hart Benton

He painted some Montana landscapes that resemble this photo.

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