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February 26, 2021

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Main Street mid-1940s

This is Main Street Bluffton in the mid-1940s. 

There is a 1938 Chevy parked in from of the A and P. There is a newer Chrysler product, probably a 1945-46 model also in the photo. Plus, there's no Shannon Theatre – it wasn't built yet.

Lots of other things to notice:
• Gas pump on the far left side of the photo
• The Charles Company where Citizens National Bank is today
• One stoplight at the Cherry-Main intersection
• Notice the street lamps
• Notice the condition of the sidewalks

We wonder if this was taken on the Fourth of July. No one on Main Street, except for 48-star flags.

Jim Diller shared this photo with the Icon. It was originally a color slide taken by his father, Paul Diller.