Vintage Photograph: Santa Fe Trailways, 1940 – Stopping In Pie Town, NM – The Horseless Stage Coach

These two shots from Shorpy are some of my favorite ever. You want a glimpse back at a time when life in rural America was very different? Here you go.

June 1940.”Stage in front of the post office at Pie Town, New Mexico. This stage comes through daily except Sunday. In addition to mail, freight and passengers, it takes in cream for the Pie Town farmers to Magdalena and Socorro and then returns the empty cans.” Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee.

And they forgot to mention baby chicks, as that’s undoubtedly what’s in those cartons to the left of the luggage, all of it just hanging on with a cord.

Here’s the shot from the front:

It appears to be a 1937 Plymouth 7-passenger sedan. Note the guy sitting on the little jump seat crammed in against the back of the front seat. And the windshield that got hit by a rock. Not a whole lot different than a horse drawn stage coach, except a bit faster.