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Amarillo, Texas: 1936

Amarillo, Texas: 1936

April 1936. "Dust storm. Note heavy metal signs blown out by wind. Amarillo, Texas." Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.


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De Gustibike

I spent most of life in Amarillo and it does, indeed, blow constantly. I remember not wanting to ride my bicycle because of the wind. Always from the Northeast and gusts up to 60 mph. Every day was a bad hair day.

Hudson Terraplane

The car across the street is a 1936 Hudson, not a Terraplane. The car in forefront, left, is a 1930 Hudson Eight. Thank you.

Worst Hard Time

That book moved me to tears. It's incredible to learn in detail just how tough some folks had it. I was humbled.

I Am Wrong Again

I must be getting old. I used to go to many car shows. I am humbled.

There is a saying...

In Oklahoma and Amarillo (Texas panhandle), they say their windsocks consist of a brick welded to a chain. (The wind rarely stops blowing.)


My mistake. The headlights should have tipped me off. It's an Airstream, not an Airflow.

Do your homework, Eric

That is a Hudson Terraplane, not an Airflow. Tsk.


Right now I'm reading "The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan. This photo, along with others in the book, really brings to life something I'd heard of but never thought that much about. It's really amazing that people lived with dust like this for years.

Woody Sang

"So long, it's been good to know ya......"

It still blows like this

I live in Canyon, just south of Amarillo, and work in Amarillo. The wind still blows like this around here . . . and every so often we get the dust to go with it. On an interesting side note most of the trees around here grow leaning toward the north due in part to the prevailing winds from the south and southwest.


That's a nice Chrysler Airflow. I'm sure it needed some touch up paint once the storm ended!

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