The Last Popeye by Jane Best

Rustic old truck (1940’s) on farm in North Carolina mountains near the town of Boone( Watauga County).
PS…… Since posting this, I have had some inquiries asking what Popeye has to do with this photo. Many years ago, in the Southeastern US and maybe other areas, a vehicle that had only one headlight shining was called a “Popeye.” Hope that explains it a little better.


  • Heather  Rivet  IPA
    Heather Rivet...over 6 years ago

    nicely done

  • Thank you, Heather!!!!!

    – Jane Best

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 6 years ago

    I sure love this vintage look ! so nice !

  • THank you, Isa. Glad you enjoyed this scene!

    – Jane Best

  • Angel Perry
    Angel Perryover 6 years ago

    OH! I love this…if you have not entered one in the contest…. Would love this one…or your fav….

  • Angel, I really appreciate your compliment. It means alot.

    – Jane Best

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisover 6 years ago

    Brilliant country scene!!! Love it!! :o))

  • Thank you, blossom. Glad you enjoyed the scene!

    – Jane Best

  • Jane Best
    Jane Bestover 6 years ago

    Thank you, blossum. Glad you liked this scene.

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 6 years ago

    Great truck. I like you composition of this shot. Is that an outhouse I see?

  • Thank you, CraigsMom. Yes-it IS a real outhouse though I doubt if it has been used recently. I didn’t look to see though as might have found a copperhead snake or two!

    – Jane Best

  • Chuck Wickham
    Chuck Wickhamover 6 years ago

    This is a wonderful look back in rural history. These things will soon be gone forever, but will live on in this photo. Just one of the great things photography does. Makes this special!

  • Thank you, Chuck. You are exactly right that scenes like this are disappearing so it is nice to find a few here and there that are still standing.

    – Jane Best

  • aussiedi
    aussiediover 6 years ago

    Great shot Jane. great comp..


  • Thank you very much, aussiedi! It was fun to find it!

    – Jane Best

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 6 years ago

    love it and love your explanation!!! We would call out “PaDiddle!” when we saw one!! LOL!!!

  • Thank you, Lois. Interesting that you called one PaDiddle. WOnder how that word came about. It used to be a game didn’t it.

    – Jane Best

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 6 years ago

    Great shot, Jane, I love the popeye thing, we also used to call a moving vehicle with only one headlight lit a pediddle and I’m not sure why!

  • Thank you dolphindancer. Lois, above, mentioned that pe or pa diddle was the word that was used in her area too. Never heard that expression before but it is cute!

    – Jane Best

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