Corner cafe in Natchez Mississippi with several cola ads displayed.
This iconic photograph comes from the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs Collection in the Library of Congress.
Shot in 1940 in Natchez, Mississippi, this images captures a small town cafe, whose weathered appearance contrasts with several newer cola signs. The prominent sign is for Coca-Cola with its signature script typeface in red and white. In addition to Coca-Cola, there are ads for Royal Crown and Orange-Crush.
This image is notable for the weathered Western look of the cafe alone. The addition of the cola signs adds a modern twist to an otherwise sullen image.
This photo was taken by Marion Post Wolcott, who was working as an agent of the United States government. Because this image was taken by an employee of the federal government, it is in the public domain. Please note that while this image exists in the public domain, the logos, colors, and/or text on the advertisements may be trademarked. It is your responsibility to investigate any possible restriction to the use of this image.
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