This photo from 1941 shows Okies heading west on Route 66 traveling
through Amarillo, Texas. With a mattress on top of the car and an extra can of oil strapped to the bumper, these Okies
are headed to California and the chance of a better life.
The stand at Zang Blvd and Bishop Avenue in Oak Cliff, Texas attracted
so much business that the parking of automobiles for several blocks around had become a problem for the traffic police.
The stand had patrons who came ten miles to buy barbecue, according to J.G. Kirby of Dallas, founder. Kirby was known
for using the finest meat on the market and putting quality and service first.
Dated 1935, this Walker Evans style photograph from New York City shows
rows of laundry outside an apartment house. Signs below advertise attractions at the Apollo and Roosevelt Theaters.
Depression-era photograph taken in a transient shacktown in California
by Dorothea Lange, famed photographer for Farm Security Administration photo team. "Newly-built store and trading
center typical of the new shacktown community" Riverbank, San Joaquin Valley, California, April 9, 1940.
Lange's photographs show her deep feelings of compassion and respect for the farm workers. Reprint from the National
Sivils Drive In and Car Hop located in both Dallas & Houston Texas
during the 1940's and 1950's. Sivils Drive In was featured in Life Magazine on February 26, 1940. Especially
known for the roller skating car hops, 500-car parking lot, satin uniforms designed by Mrs. Sivil herself, and a dance floor,
it served only Carta Blanca Mexican Beer.
Photo of owner and attendant of a Standard Oil Gas Station sometime
in the late 1930's. A Red Crown banner waves above the pumps of this typical neighborhood franchise Standard Oil
filling station. Printed from a negative.
This unique picture of the Capitol at Washington was taken from the
steps of the Library of Congress. It was during the Disarmament Peace Conference when the Capitol was flooded with two-billion
candle-power searchlights screened with color prisms. The varied color effects threw a halo over the majestic, sombre,
white dome, not unlike the aurora borealis. A shaft of light piercing the blue-black sky between the ever-changing prisms
seems to speak a prophecy of hope fulfilled. The moment was fortuitously caught by the artist, Mr. Buckingham.
Charles Walgreen opened his first pharmacy on Chicago's South Side
in 1901. By 1920 Walgreen's Stores numbered 525 and the soda fountains were an important revenue source. Walgreen
employee Ivar Coulson invented the malted milkshake in 1922. The shake came along with a glassine bag containing 2 vanilla
cookies. The demand for the drink created long lines at the Walgreen soda counters. The fountain became so important
to the company they opened an ice cream factory and a bakery to supply the stores with quality products. This promotional
photograph was taken in a Chicago store in 1925.
A wet afternoon street scene of parked cars photographed in California
in 1926 by an unknown photographer.
Nostalgic photograph of working men enjoying a beer at the Hotel Bar
in Shartlesville, Pennslyvania in 1945. The old Hotel was still open until recently but may be closed now. This
photograph was part of the Standard Oil of New Jersey Photographic Collection which documented the transportation industry
in the United States in the WWII era.
The young pin-curled model is stiffly posed for her first bite of Yates
Chili, the Webb City, Missouri, local brand. Mother dressed the model in her finest starched party dress, just for the
photograph. Could she be trying to figure out how to get that bite of chili into her mouth without spilling on her dress?
Especially if Mom is behind the camera watching every move! Great advertising photo.
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