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Small-Town Newsman: 1942

Small-Town Newsman: 1942

Sept. 1942. Richwood, West Virginia. "B.E. Thompson, editor of the Nicholas Republican, let his own son go to New York state to work in the harvest but feels the recruiting has interfered too much with schooling, and that the break in education for many of the boys and girls will be permanent." Photo by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Type Cast

I have a similar looking typewriter inherited from a relative. It is a Corona ca early to mid 1930s.

An uncle of mine ran a Greek language newspaper in Australia, in the 1970s, single-handedly, editor, printer, and distributor.
In a single fronted shop he had a massive Heidelberg press that took up all the space with only enough room to squeeze around the edges to pass or work the thing. It often malfunctioned and the room was knee deep in torn and crushed paper that my uncle in fits of rage would fling about. I used to be employed for free, manually collating the broad sheets.

The West Virginia Hillbilly

Richwood was also the home of The West Virginia Hillbilly, a weekly (or "weakly," as it said in the banner) newspaper originally published and edited by Jim Comstock, who also did the legit News-Leader. A collection of Mr. Comstock's columns for the Hillbilly was published in the late 1960s. The paper ran for more than forty years, until 2000.

Not a Regular Typewriter

Can anybody offer information about the typewriter?

[It's a Remington decimal tab model. - Dave]

Stick Figure

That tin featuring a stick figure on the back window caught my eye ... it seems like a modern design. Anyone know what it is?

[Carter's Ink Eraser, aka "Inky Racer." - Dave]

Twig twist

Wisteria is my guess. Ben probably got tired of trying to control it on his front porch at home. Now an office windowsill ornament.

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