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Customized: 1941

Customized: 1941

November 1941. "Migrant agricultural worker in his automobile. Wilder, Idaho." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Spent some time in the Willamette Valley

A number of those town stickers are within a 20 mile radius, and back then quite farm-centric (even now, although a lot of farmland is turning into subdivisions at an astounding rate). They'd be working everything from strawberries to hops.

Right hand drive?

Photo flopped?

[If the photo was flopped, the writing on the decals would be backwards! The steering wheel is on the left. - Dave]

I learned something new.

Union 76 gas stations had decals for all the different towns in which the stations appeared. Some of the vintage decals are still available on eBay.

I Hear Music

After looking at this young worker's collection of decals and stickers, I am reminded of that old Hank Snow piece, "I've Been Everywhere".

You dear boy

Barbara Jo Allen played spinster Vera Vague, described as "sort of a frustrated female, dumb, always ambitious and overzealous … a spouting bureau of misinformation" ... reminds me of a few females in popular culture today but I'll refrain from naming names. One of Vera's catchphrases was "You dear boy!"

That being said, I'm not sure what to make of the mini museum of chains and trinkets hanging from the headliner of this dear boy's vehicle. He had a unique creative vision, that's for sure.

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