Friday, August 24, 2012

Beer Joint



This picture shows a "Juke Joint" in Belle Glade, Florida. The picture was taken in 1941. I might be mistaken, but is the man with his back to us holding a rifle?

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  1. You are not wrong, I would say that is a .22 rifle. He may be going out to shot some gators.

    I never heard of JAX beer, but Jax Beer was brewed from 1891 until the mid 1970s. During Prohibition Era they brewed NEAR BEER.

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  2. He certainly is, if you blow the picture up it shows the wooden stock quite clearly.

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  3. JAX was actually not a bad beer, but there were so many big excellent beers like Budwiswer, Coors and Corona available. . Here in Texas, it competed with Pearl and Lone Star so sales were never very strong. Eventually, it just went back to Louisiana.

    That is a rifle but I can't tell the calibre. Everything seems pretty cool so I guess it was for hunting up a jack rabbit supper.

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  4. Maybe he doesn't like the piano player!

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  5. Nothing like mixing gun and alcohol! Good times!

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  6. I think I might grab a beer a little closer to the city, this place looks a little dangerous for and I'm not sure with my Boston accent if I'd be welcome. Maybe? I don't know. I'd feel alot better if I had a buddy with me tho. The guy with the gun looks like he's getting ready to shoot the kid leaning against the house. I've been in some pretty rough places but the guns are all concealed, this guy is standing right out in front. He can't be good for business.

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    1. This is Florida during th days of "Separate but Equal". I imagine if you were black, this was as good as it got.

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  7. In those days people only shot those that needed killin.

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  8. He seems to be wearing a uniform. Belle Glades Correctional was founded in 1932. Could a chain gang be outside of the frame? It looks like another uniform shirt in the window.

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  9. Hey Jerry and Sue, Now I feel much better about walking in for a beer. LOL.

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  10. Driving through the interior of Florida on the little used back roads in the late 40s and early 50s and even going to the Daytona motorcycle races in the 1960s, you passed through some rough places. Many of the houses and business still had hard packed dirt floors. It was not uncommon to see people carying guns. But people were different back then.

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