Small businesses then and now.
The year is 1945 and a man has just returned home to Texas after serving in World War II. He returns to a strange and different postwar American dream. When he joined the U.S. armed forces four years earlier, he left a backbreaking, albeit steady, job that had seen him through the most difficult years of the Great Depression.
His first job during the Depression was heating coal pitch over a wood fire in a 55-gallon drum, mixing it with used motor oil, tearing up rags and mixing into the compound to produce the forerunner to today's plastic roofing cement.