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Pit Rental: 1939

Pit Rental: 1939

May 1939. Garage on Route 99 in Fresno County, California. View full size. Medium-format negative by Dorothea Lange, Farm Security Administration.

 

It Pays To Advertise

The hanging "GARAGE" sign has some primitive lighting. The incandescent light bulbs positioned to shine on either side of the sign probably lit the sign to some degree. The fascial sign against the building appears to be home-made, but it delivers the message. Most businesses were struggling at the time and this probably was no exception. He did, however, provide a service that allowed the down and out car owner a cheaper way to repair his vehicle, especially if he had a friend with mechanical skills.

Repair pits

In 1926 our family moved into a 6 bedroom home in Detroit, Mi. In the two door garage one side had a pit to work under a car. The home is now a funeral home. It is at Greenfield and Keeler.

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