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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • A CHRISTMAS JOKE WITH A POINT TO IT

Baby Sitting: 1939

Baby Sitting: 1939

September 1939. "Untitled." If this is you, please let us know! 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

It's not me either

I looked so much like a chimpanzee that people were forever offering my mom a banana for her "little one."

Clear Eyes

What a stunning, clear-eyed baby!
Obviously well-cared for, happy and healthy.

Pinned Down

Interesting technique - pinning the shirt to the diaper. Probably very common, but I never thought of it before.

Narrowing it down

The rest of Vachon's September 1939 photos in the LOC archives are from three resettlement administration project sites in Wisconsin (in Greendale, Vernon County and Dane County), and industrial sites in Minneapolis. Based on those photos, my money is on Greendale.

[More than those three. Baby's neighbors in the archive are a Vachon photo dated September 1939 snapped in Washington, D.C., at Union Station, and another taken in Milwaukee. - Dave]

Normally

One could expect the guys to holler, "IT'S NOT MINE!" They suppose the 70+ years exempt them.

This child looks to be a few months older than my mother-in-law. She's still with us. Both the subject and its mother may be, too.

IT'S NOT ME

Thought I'd let you know.
Reduces the number of possibilities by one.

 
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