Friday, June 12, 2009

where time stops

First one appears, then another. Then another - it's now officially a crowd. Thirty cents worth of petrol, please. He pulls away slowly. They thought he'd never leave, shaking their heads and spitting in disgust at the noisy clanking of a motor car. One man offers a cold drink to a stranger after the stranger purchases a stamp, tongues it, and pounds his fist three times on the wooden counter securing to a postcard the stamp of a miniature portrait of a dowager's unsmiling face. He looks into the eyes of the Postmaster General under the shiny blue cap.
"When will they get this here card?" The clock above the Postmaster's head remains frozen for weeks at 10:45 A.M.
The Postmaster holds the card in inky fingers, squints at the address in France.
"I have no idea."
The man nods 'I thought so' disapprovingly.

photo: Walker Evans. 1930's.


Blogger Postcardy said...

That's a strange photo. Looks like the pump is too tall for the porch and is about to fall off the edge.

6/12/2009 8:59 PM  
Blogger larkspur said...


6/12/2009 9:08 PM  
Blogger Marie Reed said...

Phil! You have such a marvelous way with words! I want to read on and on! What a great image:) I was born in Alabama so I was smiling to see that this was a post office in my State! Has my package from the Sears & Roebuck arrived yet..drat! Well.. I'll take a can of petrol and a pack of clove gum the please:)

6/13/2009 5:53 AM  
Anonymous Terry said...

Hi Phil
Oh this is awesome .
So true to life in the South for a real long time :)
Happy PFF to you .
What a fantastic post .
I grew up in arural area and yes even in the late 1960's into the 1970's
The little gas station/post office/
feed store/grocery store/telephone operator/ and bait shop was in an old builing like this one.
Filled with many characters .
Of course being a kid they were all just grown up folk to me.
They still had a hitching post out front for those of us that rode their horse to the store.
Thank you for some happy memories.
Happy Trails

6/13/2009 1:10 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Oh what a great postcard....and your writing is fabulous. I love all the great detail of both card and story.
Hope your weekend has been beautiful.

6/14/2009 11:10 AM  

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