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National Market: 1942

National Market: 1942

April 1942. "Grocery store in copper mining center of Butte, Montana." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Visit Butte

I think anyone who likes Shorpy would love to spend some time in Butte. I usually go for the Montana Folk Festival, which is free and is spread out around old Uptown—perfect for exploring.

[I've been to Butte, which is arranged around an enormous ore pit. Whose name would seem to suggest itself. - Dave]

That's my jam

There appears to be a wide selection of jams, jellies, and preserves arranged on the groaning shelves of the New National Market. I hope they have Damson Plum.

Long Gone?

I did a search for the address of this building (I got it off the truck). In the photo, it seems to me anyway, this is on a slight incline. The shows this location also on an incline, but sadly it appears these two buildings are long gone. (?).

Anyway - new here - I love losing myself in wonder with the help of these photos and the commentary so many members post here.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The good: The exact location of this scene can be identified very easily thanks to the address on the truck's door - 307 North Main Street. The bad: Literally everything in the photo is gone. The ugly: It's a parking lot now. Well, at least with some trees next to it. Better than nothing.

307 North Main Street

An article in the Montana Standard gives the address, and informs us that this whole block was demolished in 1970 and is now a parking lot.

That's Not Rain

My grandfather contributed to the staging of this picture.

The open window of the truck and the mostly dry street suggest the localized wet area of the sidewalk in front of the grocery store is the result of it recently being washed down with a hose, as opposed to being the remnant of a rainstorm.

At the time this picture was taken, my grandfather worked for the Butte Water Company, nice to see his handiwork preserved for posterity.

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