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1920s or 1930s

From: "Louis LeConte"
Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 09:28:22 -0700

Good Morning

I dug out two more old pictures of the Church. The first shows a concrete paved road in probably the late 1920's or early 1930's.

Check out the automobiles. The Church hasn't been moved. Did a road widening occur in the 1950's resulting in the relocation of the Church?

1920s or 1930s
From: "John S. Quarterman" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 22:01:49 -0500

The Coca-Cola signs may be useful for dating. The drink was invented in 1886, but it was only sold in soda fountains until it was first bottled in 1894, and only then was it commonly sold in rural areas. Given that there are not one but two Coca-Cola signs in this rural town that probably didn't have two soda fountains, this picture was probably taken in 1894 or later.

One of the signs has a bottle on it. Is that the slim-waisted Coca-Cola bottle? If so, it has to be 1915 or later, since that's when that bottle was invented.

Dad says it cost five cents a bottle, and some people he knew would chip in to buy a bottle to share between two people. He says the Jones Service Garage was owned by relatives of Mary Small. And he says yes, the road was concrete. The cross black line is asphalt between the heat expansion joins, and the centerline was painted on. In the later picture, he says the road was asphalt over concrete.

The other sign, on the left, has a slogan under the Coca-Cola logo. It looks like Delicious and Refreshing, which was first used in 1904. The slogan was changed in 1922 to Thirst Knows No Season. These could be old signs, but they can't be older than 1904, are probably not older than 1915, and most likely the date is not much later than 1922.

There's another soft drink brand name visible, Orange Crush. That drink was apparently invented in 1916.

So this picture had to be taken 1916 or later, and probably not much later than 1922.

Can you make out the gasoline logos or names?


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