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The Gold Mine in the Closet: Sugar’s Mother

November 10, 2014

Sugar and his family lived in a house on Duffy Street in Savannah, Georgia, when he was a little boy. He found a photo in the gold mine in the closet that showed his mother standing  by a car. It looks like she’s getting ready to leave, with the door open and keys in hand.

She looks a little sad, and it makes us wonder more about what she was thinking. The house that you see is across the street from Sugar’s.

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They didn’t always have a car, especially when they were on hard times.  Once when he was a small boy, a pane of glass fell on Sugar.  I don’t know where or what the damage was, but his father scooped him up and ran onto Duffy Street to flag down a car to take them to the hospital.  He must have been really young, because they moved from that house when he was five.

Clever reader Leo thought perhaps he had identified the car.

The running boards pretty much spell pre-WW II. The rear suicide doors limit the choices some. The vented hood limits it some more. The headlights are on top of the fenders as opposed to in the front of them, I can see the back end of one. I think it may be a 1939 Oldsmobile, but not certain.

After some more research, he identified the car.  He also has mad, crazy skills.  I hope that reproducing this photo online does not equal internet thievery.  If it does, someone will tell me.  Also, if I spell something wrong.

1939 Oldsmobile 60 Series 4-door Sedan with running boards, suicide doors, and vented hood.

1939 Oldsmobile 60 Series 4-door Sedan with running boards, suicide doors, and vented hood.

Clever reader Sharon M. identified the house.

The house behind the front of the car is just like our second house in Ashland, KY. It was built according to a Sears and Roebuck plan and I believe it is what is known as Craftsman style architecture. We downsized after the kids were all in college and even though the house was built in the 20s, we were only the 3rd family to live in it. We loved both our 1920s houses in Ashland. The first one was a tudor style. We found the house plans for the one pictured above under the stairs and the plan said all floors were to be of red maple. We also found a letter from a soldier in WWII to his wife whose sister once owned the house. We gave the letter to the sister.

We, of course, did a drive-by.  We had gone by Sugar’s Duffy Street house years ago, and it looked like it needed some repairs.  At the drive-by, we found that the house had been improved so much that it included a brick veneer, and it took some hemming and hawing before he was positive it was his old house.

I have no photos of that.  Instead, I have the house across the street.  I kept taking photos until I was as close as I could get to the original, which isn’t really close at all.  But strange folks taking random photos in the hood?  Might not be welcome.  So we hustled along.

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And there’s beautiful Duffy Street.  Sugar said once he fell out a window at Duffy Street, and was knocked unconscious.  He thought perhaps his brother pushed him out the window.  All I can say is: Your Poor Mother.