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The Wonder of It All: 1938

The Wonder of It All: 1938

October 1938. "Boys at the National Rice Festival parade. Crowley, Louisiana." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


Small Town

Crowley couldn't have been a very big place in 1938 (or 2012 for that matter.) Perhaps someone from there actually knew these guys and could provide their story; I also agree that the 2 on the left are very likely brothers.

A case of conjoined twins

with older brother as escort sporting teeth as nice as photos in a dentist's office.

The Middle boy

I suspect from his lack of expression, that the middle boy is blind and the boy on the left is explaining what's happening.

A Woman to Blame

I believe the guys are trying to impress, amuse or aggravate a girl or a group of girls just out of the picture. All worthy causes for boys of that age group.


The rice straw is most probably on a float, as in the picture of the contestants. So these boys were either on a float or next to one. Given the pose, and the laughing third boy, I think they were hamming it up for the camera. Perhaps an exaggerated gaze and stance which drew a chuckle from number three.

[It's a fence lining the parade route. - Dave]


They look very much like brothers!!!

3 of a kind

They look like brothers to me.

The Rice Festival is still held in Crowley, La.

Look! Up in the sky!

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's....


I'd bet a pound of Popcorn rice that this is their first date.

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