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TED HUSTEAD’S COWBOYS, WALL DRUG STORE, WALL, SOUTH DAKOTA

Caption at lower left: "AT TED HUSTEAD'S. WALL DRUG STORE, WALL, S.D." Sign between and above 2nd and 3rd musician: "TED HUSTEAD'S COWBOYS."

Left to right, we have a mandolin player, an accordion player, and a guitarist. At far left, at the edge, we can see the neck of perhaps a violin that’s been moving. Then at right, there’s the old fellow with the long, flowing beard. We see a textile dog, a lady, and a child wearing leather chaps. The mouths to some of these are moveable, so they must be life-size puppets. The old man has a younger man’s body. In any case, this photo is a lot of fun!

We found the following online: "Wall Drug Store, often called simply 'Wall Drug,' is a tourist attraction located in the town of Wall, South Dakota. It is a shopping mall consisting of a drug store, gift shop, restaurants and various other stores. Unlike a traditional shopping mall, all the stores at Wall Drug operate under a single entity instead of being individually run stores. The New York Times has described Wall Drug as 'a sprawling tourist attraction of international renown [that] draws some two million annual visitors to a remote town.' The small town drugstore made its first step towards fame when it was purchased by Ted Hustead in 1931... He bought Wall Drug, located in a 231-person town in what he referred to as 'the middle of nowhere,' and strove to make a living. Business was very slow until his wife, Dorothy, thought of advertising free ice water to parched travelers heading to the newly opened Mount Rushmore monument 60 miles (97 km) to the west. From that time on business was brisk. Wall Drug grew into a cowboy-themed shopping mall/department store. Wall Drug includes a western art museum, a chapel based on the one found at New Melleray Abbey near Dubuque, Iowa, and an 80-foot (24 m) apatosaurus (formerly brontosaurus) that can be seen right off Interstate 90. It was designed by Emmet Sullivan who also created the dinosaurs at Dinosaur Park in Rapid City and Dinosaur World in Arkansas." (source: Wikipedia)

Date. This specific Kodak stamp box has been in use since 1950.

REAL PHOTO POSTCARD (RPPC)
$35. USD
TED HUSTEAD’S COWBOYS, WALL DRUG STORE, WALL, SOUTH DAKOTA
SIZE
Approximately 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches.
CONDITION
Light wear to corners. When tilted, a few scuff marks are apparent. Back is clean. Good condition.
APPEARANCE
Glossy. Clean. Very good tones. Lots of fun details.

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