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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

The Planters: 1941

The Planters: 1941

March 1941. "Planting corn on a plantation near Moncks Corner, South Carolina." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the FSA. View full size.

 

The young lady on the right

could use a little (ahem) support.

A Different Impression

I think somebody has just said something they think is very witty, and is about to get whopped up against the side of their head with a bowl.

Three Words

Strength, Beauty, Grace.

Sisters, I'd guess

Maybe even twins? Certainly both beautiful. Would love to see more of these two.

Painterly

In a way this photo is strangely reminiscent of Millet's "The Gleaners." Beautiful!

A puzzling planting

What wonders me (I grew up near the Pennsylvania Dutch) is that with all those long furrows and the small bowls of seed corn in hand, no one apparently considered either big bowls or some kind of back-mounted seed reservoir to minimize trips over to the seed supply wagon. I mean, by the time they reached the end of the field, the first-planted corn would be about ready to sprout.

Modern

I was really taken with how fresh this image is.

Thanks for posting it!

Graceful Labor

The serenity of the women's expressions and simplicity of the task belies the harsh nature of the work. Given the expanse of the field, the day must have started early, and ended late. Still, this is a lovely image.

A Keeper

This is one great picture. Thanks.

A work of art

Many of the pictures on Shorpy are great reminders of our past. Some not only do that, but they are also lovely pieces of art. This is one of those. The composition and the expressions on the faces, especially the woman in front, are exquisite. Beautiful!

 
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