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Ocilla Post Office, 1960

United States USPS Post Office Ocilla GA Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

This typical mid-century post office was built during the last year of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration.

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Smith House, Ocilla

Irwin Avenue Ocilla GA Clarence Smith House Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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Hip-Roof Tenant Farmhouse, Irwin County

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Kim Taylor writes: …my mom, Patsy Collins (Collins is her maiden name) said that this use to be our Uncle Hamp Darley’s house. She remembers playing there many times when she was a little girl. It had only a kitchen and one bedroom. 

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A. T. Fuller Lumber Company, Ocilla

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A. T. Fuller was a well-known landowner and timber operator in south central Georgia for a good part of the 20th century. I made these film photographs of his headquarters in 2001.  The structures were razed not long after, but represent an important era in the development of South Georgia.

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The top two shots illustrate the warehouse, and the bottom image features Mr. A. T.’s  office.

a t fuller lumber company office ocilla ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

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Farmers Cold Storage, Ocilla

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This photo, and the one following, illustrate “cold storage” facilities, which were very common in the mid-2oth century, before the rise of supermarkets. Farmer’s Cold Storage had the motto “Home of Fine Cured Meats”. Almost every town of any size had a favored local “meat market”, and most offered storage for local meat producers. With the increase in concern over chemical additives and growth hormones, such businesses are beginning to reappear. The locavore movement, so-called for its reliance and insistence on locally grown foods and livestock, will help lead the revival of places like this, and I, for one, think it’s a great development.

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Griffin’s Cold Storage, 1944, Ocilla

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A nice example of Streamline Moderne architecture, this structure was sadly demolished in 2012. According to Hugh Roberts, this was originally known as McCranie’s Freezer Locker until around 1956 or 1957 it became Griffin’s. It was purchased from the McCranies by Webster (Web) and Wylene Whitley Griffin. Thanks to their son, Noah, for some of the historical background. Alan Griffin writes: I recall visiting Uncle Web’s place many times while growing up and fondly recall the smell of fresh pork shoulders on the pit, Web making his BBQ sauce, and of course sneaking a taste while helping chop the pork. In summer, we’d usually get to spend a week or two and we would explore every part of the building. The coolers ((hanging hogs, beef quarters and all) were always a welcome escape from the South Georgia heat in July! A cherished place of my youth!

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Tobacco Advertising, Ocilla

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