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Shady Rest: 1942

May 1942. "Childersburg, Alabama. Rooms for rent." Medium format acetate negative by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

May 1942. "Childersburg, Alabama. Rooms for rent." Medium format acetate negative by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Under Old Management

That sign looks quite weathered and old. The 'New' Management have not managed the waste issue very well.

We Could Only Wish --

That this would have been the last bloody battle in Kharkov.

King of the Road

Definitely "no phone, no pool, no pets."

Those Bottles !

I'm certainly no antique bottle expert, but...

The wide-mouth bottles appear to be milk bottles, which in those days were collected by the dairy delivery man ( or woman ) or shopkeeper and taken back to be washed, sterilized, and refilled. So, why aren't they segregated from the others?

( In the 1960's, my family had milk delivery service using glass bottles. To this day, I still see dairy home delivery trucks. )

There are other bottles which appear to be soda bottles, ditto. Probably right out of that water-immersion Pepsi cooler. The identical cooler at my boyhood neighborhood store had a rack with empty wooden bottle cases held at an angle; customers placed the empties in these cases. I think there was a deposit, but I don't have a clear memory of that.

Deep in the shadows is a gallon can for Quaker State Pennsylvania Grade automobile engine oil.

["Pepsi cooler" ?? - Dave]

That Coke machine

When I moved into my first bought home in Montgomery, Ala., in 1979 there was a Coke machine of that identical style rusting in the back of my garage. Could it be ...

What goes around ...

The trashed newspaper on the ground behind the boxes displays a headline about "Kharkov" This city is in the Ukraine and during WWII was taken by Germany. Russia fought hard to re-take control of the city. Now, 70 years later, Kharkov (now called Kharkiv) is in the news again, a city caught in battles for control.

One man's trash is another man's treasure

As a kid, finding those bottles would have been like finding gold. It'd be interesting to know what types of bottles they are and what their value would be today. I'd also like to know what the radio that came in that box looked like!

Unless, by shady, you mean something else

That is not the Shady Rest. Maybe Uncle Joe would run an establishment like this, but never Kate.

Look, they offer board. What sort of gastronomically satisfying repasts do you suppose emanate from that kitchen? (Bad W. C. Fields impression)

'Under New Management' should never be a permanent sign.

Same stuff, different day

Ukraine in the news.

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