'Mrs. Wagner's Rolling Store' photograph   Save
Joe Munroe Archive
Description: "Mrs. Wagner's Rolling Store," photographed in 1953 by Joe Munroe, was a converted school bus that made trips to rural farms in Kentucky, bringing general merchandise that farmers could not produce themselves and were not able to pick up regularly. Farmers could buy goods or place orders for the next week's delivery. In the postwar years, not many farmers had cars, and lived too remotely to travel to town each week, so they relied on services like Mrs. Wagner's. Joe Munroe's career began in 1939 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He served in the Air Force during World War II and then joined Cincinnati-based Farm Quarterly magazine. Though raised in Detroit, agriculture became an important subject of Joe's photographs. He moved to California in 1955 and free-lanced, taking magazine assignments and selling his own work. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: P400_B04_F14_001
Subjects: Joe Munroe; Farm life; General stores; Transportation
Places: Kentucky