Jay, did you colorize that picture or find it?
Either way, it's good.
Bill, It's a modern photo.
What I wouldn't give to have a visible gas pump.
I had a visible gasoline pump once. I wish I still had it. But I needed money at the time.
Great photos, both of them. They make me want to walk up and hang out for awhile.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Tim & Steve - Maybe one way to look at it is that if one of us DID have a beautiful visible pump like that, in today's society, you'd have to have it mounted almost as secure as the Statue of Liberty, or it would disappear! Guaranteeeed!!!
If that second one's a modern picture, whoever staged it did a fantastic job. I can't find a thing wrong with it. Is it from a movie?
It's not a modern photo. It's a colorized photo on shorpy.
#4 man from left looks like he is wearing new, modern Liberty overalls.
actually, visible pumps are cheeper today than they were 15-20 years ago. the more expencive ones sought after now are art deco tall ones from the mid thirtys. and clock face too. you can buy a plain visible for about 800 bucks, and the others go into several thousand.
Colorized version at: http://www.shorpy.com/files/images/Colorized_done2.jpg
Black and white version: July 1939. Gordonton, N.C. "Country store on dirt road. Sunday afternoon. At: http://www.shorpy.com/node/2434
And the store is still there – but no longer open.
Hap l9l5 cut off
1939? the light globe looks frosted glass and a white plastic fitting!!
Here it is today:
Jim, where is this building?
It is at the SE corner of the intersection of Burlington Rd and Gordonton Rd/Wheelers Church Rd, North Carolina
If you so a Google search for
"75 Wheelers Church Rd Hurdle Mills, NC 27541"
you will get within 100 feet of the old store.
In more generic terms it is about 25 miles N-NW of Durham, NC
All my life, I’ve wanted to live in Mayberry (the sleepy little town between Hooterville and Mt. Pilot). Oh, wouldn’t it be nice to live in a place where the sheriff doesn’t feel the need to carry a gun because the most heinous criminal is an agreeable wino who arrests himself, sleeps it off peacefully and is never seen driving a car? Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a place where well-behaved boys go fishing with their Dads and listen in rapt fascination to this week’s lesson on life, ethics, tact and fair play? And wouldn’t it be nice if the Gomer or Goober who ran the local garage would sooner cheat himself than a customer? And wouldn’t it be nice, if, come lunchtime, a sweet, old aunt would drop by with a basket of fried chicken and a thermos of hot coffee? And wouldn’t it be nice if the barbershop were a place to hang out and play checkers and shoot the breeze with a bunch of old pals and maybe even get a haircut? And wouldn’t it be nice, after taking the prettiest girl in town out for an Eye-talian dinner, to just relax on the porch with a guitar and serenade the fireflies with a couple of old hymns before heading on off to bed? C'mon, wouldn't that be nice?
i'm looking for mayberry my self
"taking the prettiest girl in town out for an Eye-talian dinner".
My in-laws used to say that often. When they would, I'd usually say "Yeah, and my grandparents came over on the boat from Eye-taly"
Can you feel me Bob?
Well, Mike, the way I figure it, if a guy is lucky enough to be dating the prettiest girl in Mayberry, it's not going to matter very much to him whether she can pronounce braciole correctly when she orders it from the menu!
True Bob. Very true.
Good point Bob - I still use my Grams' braciole recipe - it's Da Best !
Not too many resturantes around even offer a braciole, let alone know what it is !
To keep on topic being's Jay started this thread - I can vouch for his braciole - it's up there with my Grams' !
As long as this thread has wandered off course as far as it has, maybe one of you guys can tell me where to get "GOOD" Italian Sausage out here in the Pacific Northwest. (???)
Born & raised in Chicago, I really "DO" know what good Italian Sausage is, because my Dad used to get it from an old Italian fellow in Melrose Park (Chicago Suburb) that made his own, and since leaving the Chicago area in '72, I have yet to fine really "GOOD" Italian Sausage anywhere in the Seattle/Tacoma area, and I'm convinced that unless you can find someone like Steve's "Gram' to make you some, the commercial stuff just doesn't cut it! Not only is the commercial stuff out here a poor imitation, it usually has garlic in it, and garlic is okay I guess, but not in Italian Sausage! The main spice in "true and authentic" Italian Sausage is fennel!
Anyway, I've been on a hunt for the good stuff for years, and I'm convinced that no commercial meat packer out here in the PNW makes it! Oh and by the way, between leaving Chicago and moving out here to the PNW, we lived in Montana for nearly 10 years, and believe me, those cowboys and ranchers in Montana don't know anything about Italian Sausage either!
Govasto's closed down years ago, Harold but for Christmas Eve day, my Dad would load all six of us kids in the station wagon for a trip to downtown Seattle to Govasto's to pick up Eye-talian sausage - the REAL stuff, along with Copacol, dry salumi, the best pepperoni in the world and a meatball sandwich eaten at one of the inside picnic tables - you never seen so many Eye-talians in one spot !
Sorry for the ongoing drift !
Steve & Jay - So far, all youse' guys have done is make my mouth water! And I STILL don't know where to find good Eye-talian Sausage around here!
Mike - Yeah, I have a Daughter-in-Law of Irish/Slavic descent who grew up in Spokane, WA. and insists on pronouncing it Eye-taly, and I've tried to convince her that that would be like calling her an Aye-merican, but I guess she jus' don' "get it"!
Dang! Sure screwed that one up! Meant to say she says Eye-talian, and I tell there's no country called Eye-taly!
(.....I better quit this before I get myself in trouble,.....)
What has always fascinated me about this building is the cedar posts survived. At least two of them easily appear to be the originals. After all those years.
In fact even the porch decking is the same. Notice the cutout where the pump stood.
O.k. all yous guys. Here's a good place to get GREAT Eye-talian sausage.
Claro's Italian Market on Valley Bl. in San Gabriel, CA. They have a website and THEY SHIP!
Since it's a perishable item, it will have to be shipped via U.P.S. overnight. It comes in a styrofoam container which alone costs an additional $7.00 on top of the mind-blowing cost of overnight.
I'm not affiliated in any way to Claro's but, I've had their sausage and it's very good.
The one thing about sausage is, no two people even in the same family will make it the same and each region has it's own type so you would almost need to find out where he came from to maybe find a close match.
I like to add crushed anise seed to my pizza. Garlic is another ingredient that depends on what part of the country you came from as to how much gets used in the cooking. Guess I have watched too many cooking shows on PBS!