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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

I'm a Lumberjack: 1899

I'm a Lumberjack: 1899

Upper Michigan circa 1899. "The loggers." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Wait'll J. Peterman gets a load of this

“Outfitted in the season’s latest North Country Leisurewear, a trio of our robust quintet sports colorful suspenders crafted of fine Malaysian batting, fastened with just-so-perfect tiny bone buttons to colorful sports trousers of hearty wools from the Scottish Highlands. From the left: Lance cuts a fancy figure in his Lipstick Red placketed shirt and Mourning Dove Gray slacks, accented with broad pin-striped suspenders in burgundy and pink. Next up is Ian, grasping that looong hardwood pike and pausing for a pipeful of our exclusive J-Puff tobacco (see Accessories, page 32), in a scoop-neck Heather Green mariner’s sweater. He’s chosen braces (our dear British friends love that word) in a solid tan hue with just a hint of mahogany to hold up his Seafoam Green action slacks, designed for real outdoor adventures. In the center, all snuggly warm in a Periwinkle Blue anorak…”

Family Tree

I wonder if any of the men in that photo are related to me. My mom's family are all Yoopers, and they did own a logging camp at the time of that photo.

Swoon

Now them's some MEN.

Monty Python

Eat your heart out!!

New from Blammo!

What rolls down stairs, alone or in pairs, rolls over your neighbors dog, it fits on your back, its great for a snack? LOG LOG LOG!

Its Log, its Log, its big its heavy its wood! Its Log, it's Log, its better than bad, its good!

("Ren & Stimpy")

[Batteries and apostrophes sold separately. - Dave]

Pride

Somehow I think that they were very good at what they did, and proud OF it.

Our Daily Bread

Looks like a tough way to earn a living.

Do I hear a banjo?

You sure got a purty mouth boy!

They are lumberjacks and they're okay

They sleep all night, and they work all day.

Loggers?

All those guys on a log and not an axe or saw in sight: just poles used to roll the logs.

Pipe dream

Which one of these doesn't belong? That's right, the one on the left! (the one in the middle has a pipe stem poking out from his shirt).

Pass At Your Own Risk

I have a funny feeling nobody would have messed around with this crew.

Ground cover.

Is it snow or sawdust??

[Snow. - Dave]

"Bless Yore Beautiful Hide" said Johnny Mercer

Looks like six siblings about to break out in song and dance in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." Naturally, Howard Keel was taking the photo.

 
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