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The Banana Stand: 1936

The Banana Stand: 1936

February 1936. "Roadside fruit. Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana." The oyster-and-banana stand last glimpsed here. Special appearance by (we guess) George himself. 8x10 inch nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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Coke Cooler III

Those coolers with the floating ice and ice cold water were the best.
I surely missed them when the machine age took over and the sodas while chilled never really tasted as good as the ones from the ice chest coolers and wiping the dripping water off of the glass bottles seemed to cool you down before you even had a cooling sip.

Plus one always got a soda from the icy guys since they never got hung up on the way down.

I still chill my beverages, adult and otherwise, during my summer BBQs in a chest of ice and I swear they do taste better than those from the refrigerator.

The Coke cooler

in the picture is not like the one shown by GWBnye. The one in George's Place has a hinged top, which would open from either side, and the bottles below were in a bath of cold water and ice. You just pulled up your choice and paid the man your nickel, plus the 2 cent deposit if you were going to take it away from there.

Coke cooler

The bottles are upright in the chest immersed in cold water and trapped by a track holding them loosely on the neck. Your coin released one bottle that you slid along until it was clear of the track. Similar mechanism --

Arresting photo

That should be a good business to own. I hear there's always money in the banana stand.


I Am reading wrong. Sorry.


Or Am I ready wrong?

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