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

Farm Depot: 1936

Farm Depot: 1936

March 1936. "Tennessee harness and hardware store." 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Spiffy Looking

Those vertical pin striped horse collars must have been the height of fashion in the equestrian world at that time.

As a dedicated fan of vintage photos I do believe that is the first time I have ever seen "fashionable" collars and also the first time I've seen any collars in mint condition

That shop is ...

rather tacky.

Lawnmowers

I recognize the tops of lawnmower handles.

That was the "old" lawnmower we owned, which was all around impossible to push through grass. A newer one we got later was possible but no fun.

Today's push mowers are very easy to push, but they cheat, geometrically rising over hard to cut grass and leaving a clump, instead of stopping and locking up the wheels there.

I use a scythe today on my acre of lawn. (No kidding)

Maybe there are old pics of the Palace of Versailles showing how it's done.

 
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