Historic Hood River
Like I always say, history starts yesterday. I took this image last week, and think it provides good documentation of our current times. You can see how Nate DeVol has adjusted practices at Dog River Coffee to pandemic times. He’s wiping down the duck decoy which lets him control access to the rest rooms so he can clean surfaces between users, as required by the health department.
Here we have the same scene in less stressful times.
Have you been taking photographs to document our present day as history? Are you interested in sharing? I’m looking for documentary images which will help people in the future (hopefully next year) remember what it was like in the summer of 2020. My shot pays homage to some of my favorite HHR images: it includes a calendar and clock along with several signs with details for context, and a well known local interior. I wish it included a nice automobile or locomotive, but you can’t have everything in one shot.
Tags: 2020s, Devol, Dog River Coffee, interior, Oak Street
His hat says it all.
$2.50 for a basic cup a coffee, thirteen other beverage choices, and five choices for milk alternatives – I guess we call that progress.
I'm pretty sure people in 100 years will be amused coffee cost less than $100. Hopefully they will still know what ducks look like.
I think it is a great historical shot. You have to wonder, what will have changed in ten years. Will coffee makers look different? Will anyone even know what a duck decoy is? Will hand sanitizer become a permanent fixture on counters in years to come?
L.E., I was wondering the same kinds of things, except further in the future. Imagine if this photo was on a pile of historical photos, with no notes written on the back by Arthur, and Arthur's great-great-great-grandson who now runs the HHR site decides to post this for a “Mystery Monday” in the year 2170 or beyond – people are going to wonder: what the heck is going on in this picture? Why is that guy spraying a duck decoy and wearing a mask? Strange customs back then. And yes, $2.50 coffee will probably seem like a bargain. Of course, it won't be physical photographs then, and hopefully the forms of electronic file storage from today will be readable then, with the embedded metadata information intact. Perhaps some day there will be a repository up in the “cloud” where the fans of this site can upload their digital memories for future use by HHR.
Arlen L Sheldrake
L.E. I like your question….my opinion is that we will have a changed normal and that “back to normal” will not happen
I would have to be very, very thirsty to pay that price for a small cup of coffee…..No thanks….
No dog or little boy included in this shot either. LOL
Grate, thanks …