This Navajo family were on their way to shop at the trading post.* Everyone is smiling for the camera.
[From my personal collection]
[August 7, 1956: The Gallup Independent from Gallup, New Mexico · Page 35. Source: Newspapers.com]
[Detail from Shell Highway Map of Arizona and New Mexico, 1951. Source: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection]
*According to Dad's recollections, John Wall "had no use" for Navajos once they were able to afford to buy a car because then they could make their purchases in Gallup and were no longer forced to buy goods from him. Since the trading post was actually on railroad right-of-way, not the reservation, Mr. Wall didn't have to conform to federal rules.
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