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City Fruit Stand: 1942

City Fruit Stand: 1942

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


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City Fruit Stand

I would love to have that Coke sign. This was "branding" in the past. Local distributors would get signs from Coke and have local sign painters "letter" and install them. Not a big money maker for the sign guy, but it was a steady and coveted account.

They are parked parallel

... to one another!


The bench in the foreground looks like an accident waiting to happen.

Public Announcement

At first I thought the announcements coming from the truck would have been the soul savin' kind ... but I was wrong. Upon closer examination, I noticed they are pushing the latest film. Judging from the poster for the film and of the woman with the legs that won't quit, I'm thinking the folks from Childersburg could use some religion!

There's been a misunderstanding here

I believe the good citizens of Childersburg thought the signs said parallelogram parking.

Parallel is relative

My thought was, well, the first driver in the morning parks how he wants, and then everyone else has to park parallel to his car. Nobody said "parallel" means "to the curb," after all.

They're parallel parking now

As did Notcom, my first thought was, "Aren't they angle parking?" But the rebellious citizenry has finally been brought into compliance.

I was able to establish the building with the pointed top in Google Street view was down the sidewalk from John Collier in 1942. Behind Collier, on the block across 1st Street, was where he took the photo of the lawman, whom I suspect was very effective at getting compliance. Not much retail on this stretch of street now. There is no bowling alley anywhere in town. I doubt there are two barber shops across the street from each other. And no City Fruit Stand. But there is a Walmart Supercenter 7.7 miles south down Highway 280, in Sylacauga.

Those Southern Rebels

Either "Park Parallel" has a different meaning in 'bama, or the citizenry is decidedly un civic-minded.

[They're in a diagonal universe. - Dave]

Too shade. But deep down, they know better

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