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Fast Food: 1938

Fast Food: 1938

A quick bite somewhere in Nebraska, October 1938. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

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The days before Starbucks and McD's

When there was the famous neighborhood coffee shop.

Oh how I miss them.

My first thought

"Naked Lunch."

Something to warm the tummy

Hope whatever it was he ate, it was warm when it came from the kitchen. Notice that he's wearing a sweater under that jacket. Nothing chills you like a cold burger.

John Vachon's Leica

A novelty in this country at the time, back when 35mm Leicas were called "miniature cameras."

Illustrative

Perhaps after "N.C. Wyeth," but with the edginess of the empty bottle; more recognisably "Hopper"? Although with that open mouthed animation it's just got to be "Rockwell."

Nice candid.

Great depth of field.

Yes, I see the empty soda bottle

I recently got hassled by a young female colleague for ordering a hamburger and a coffee. She said it was her Granddad's customary meal. I'll bet he picked the habit up in a place like this.

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