Narrow Fellow in the Grass…

A Polaroid of some kind. Looks more like the Spectra version but I’m not enough of an aficionado in those matters. Never had a bite from a rattlesnake or a cottonmouth but I’ve been on the receiving end of several copperhead bites. They say the rattlers make you down right sick. Hope I never find out. Date unknown. Found in a thrift store in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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Baptist Mission

Although I think a majority of people were descent folks and thought they were doing the right thing, it still breaks your heart to see images from the past where very powerful people wanted to erase the native peoples culture and roots. Never was much for religion myself. 35mm slide. 1960s. Found in a junk shop in Summers, Arkansas.

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Jim Firestone and Friends…

Jim Firestone, Doyle, Loyd, Grandpa & Daddy. (Taken in Washington). By the looks of this print, it may be a reprint from a negative or a photographic replication. Why do I say this? The Kodak Electronic Imaging paper stamp on the back. Pretty sure that was a paper that came much later than the original photograph. Date Unknown. Not the most interesting image but it was in a sealed plastic bag with others so it was scanned as well. Found in a thrift market in Springdale, Arkansas.

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Phillips 66

Reminds me of long-gone days as a child where I would pump gas, check oil and clean windshields at my old man’s gas station. Found in a thrift market in Springdale, Arkansas.

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Stone Mountain Grocery 1954

Aesthetically, a very good photograph. Focused, rich in tone and contrast. You don’t find many photographs that are this nice. If one looks closely, they will see a small baby doll between the fuel pumps. Found in a thrift market in Springdale, Arkansas. No information provided other than what can be seen on the front. One Dollar for 3.5 gallons of fuel! There seems to be a Stone Mountain “neighborhood” just east of Fayetteville that may have been a township type thing back in the day. Other than that, all that can be found with a search of the internet is – of course – Stone Mountain, Georgia. I’m sure there are hundreds of “Stone Mountains” throughout the country. The world may never know.

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The Scimitar

The cars are definitely 1960s and possibly 1970s models. The two old guys, with flags, are both wearing a fez. Hard to tell if this is a parade, a funeral procession or something more nefarious. No other information on the photograph. Found in a thrift store in Northwest Arkansas.

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Elderberry Inn

The Elderberry Inn – K.C. Steer Steak Dinners. I searched for information on the internet about this place but like the photograph itself, it provided no clue(s) to the origins of this image. Do you know? Close inspection reveals the dark dressed woman bottle feeding a deer. Looks to be the 1940s. Found in a thrift store in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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Danger…Keep Out

This well behaved youngster takes their job seriously by guarding what looks to be a greenhouse or possibly a zoo exhibit with a double-barrel shotgun. “Fritz” won’t be stealing any of our state secrets as long as this whippersnapper has a say in the matter. I’m presuming this is somewhere around the 1940s. No other information is provided on the image. Found in a thrift store in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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MAGDEBURG – IMO 5217036

If I’m not mistaken, this ship is the MS Magdeburg. This web page has some very good information on this vessel here. Looks as if it was a German cargo ship that was manufactured in 1952 and decommissioned in 1971? Ah, the internet. What an amazing thing. A 35mm slide, probably mid-to-late 1960s, found in a thrift store in Tontitown, Arkansas.

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