The purpose of this Blog

This blog is to detail my 43 years (1973 - 2016) with a 1928 Chevrolet tourer, affectionately called "The Red Chev".

The acquisition, restoration, improvements and my experiences over the years are covered in as much detail as I can remember.

Some of the later postings include car club outings and other vintage car items that I hope will be of interest to people.

If you have the time, scroll back to where it all began in 1973 and follow the journey so far.

Thanks for dropping by.

Regards Ray Dean

See my new section "The Red Chev - Repairs, Improvements, Maintenance and Technical Details" located on the left hand side of the screen.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Country Store on Dirt Road in North Carolina

Interesting Pictures of a Country Store on Dirt Road in North Carolina, 1939; And Surprise That It Is Still Standing More Than 70 Years Later!

The story began when Wayne Jacobs discovered this colorized picture on Shorpy in early April of 2014. The original photo was taken in July of 1939 by Dorothea Lang, the famous photographer who shot those powerful pictures of the Dust Bowl during the Depression.

The detail in the photo, the advertising signs on the exterior of the gas station, and the men, all make this photo a unique "moment in time."

But here is where this story gets really interesting: The gas station in the photographs was located in the little crossroads community of Gordonton, North Carolina, and the building in the photograph (the gas station) is still standing - more than seventy years later!

Wayne Jacobs drove to and found the original building in Gordonton which is northeast of Burlington, N.C. (Photo: Wayne Jacobs)

The second picture is ....

Jacobs used a copy of the original photograph to place his tripod and camera in exactly the same spot that Dorothea Lang used to make the original photographs in 1939. This is his photograph after converted it to black and white. (Photo: Wayne Jacobs

And, as luck would have it, a man and his son saw us photographing the old building and told him that the man standing in the doorway of the original photo was Raney Banes, his Great Uncle! (Photo: Wayne Jacobs)

"Since my photograph was taken from almost the exact same spot as the original photograph was taken, with a little Photoshop work, I can place the men back into the present-day building." (Photo: Wayne Jacobs)

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