Page 176. " Nehi Cola "
Nehi Cola sign, Alabama
Creative Commons AttributionNehi Cola sign, Alabama - Credit: jimmywayne

Nehi was an American soft drink brand. Today, the Nehi cola brand is known as RC (Royal Crown) Cola, after a change of name in 1955. 

Nehi Cola offered orange, grape, root beer, peach, and other flavours.

Page 181. " looking like a sleepy old shark, his pilot fish writing rapidly below "

Whale Shark with Pilot Fish
Creative Commons AttributionWhale Shark with Pilot Fish - Credit: Darcy McCarty
Pilot fish accompany sharks, rays, and sea turtles, eating ectoparasites (external parasites) off their skin, and picking up any leftovers their hosts leave.

Page 187. " Its windows were merely open spaces in the walls, which in the summertime were covered with greasy strips of cheese-cloth "
GNU Free Documentation Licensecheesecloth - Credit: preparednesspro

Cheesecloth is a loosely woven cotton cloth used in cheese making, and for straining stocks and custards, bundling herbs, making tofu, and thickening yogurt. A versatile cloth, it was also used for shirts during the 1960s and 70s, and for printmaking.

It would have prevented flies from entering through the windows whilst still allowing light to get in.

Page 188. " Against the fence, in a line, were six chipped-enamel slop jars holding brilliant red geraniums "
GNU Free Documentation Licensegeraniums - Credit: nurseryhills

Geraniums are also known as cranesbills. They are found throughout the hot regions of the world and the mountains of the tropics. These flowers will only grow in soil that is not waterlogged.

Geraniums have large, fragrant leaves which are broadly circular, and their petals can be many different colours.

Page 188. " Enclosed by this barricade was a dirty yard containing the remains of a Model-T Ford "
model-t ford
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The Model T Ford (also known by its colloquial names: Tin Lizzie, Flivver or T) was produced by Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from 1908 through 1927.

The Model T was the first car to be mass-produced on an assembly line, making it considerably cheaper than previous cars. It was known as "the car that put America on wheels".

Page 198. " there was this old chiffarobe in the yard "
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A chiffarobe is a free standing wardrobe, usually with a full-length mirror on the door. Behind the door is a rod to hang one's clothes, and several drawers.