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Best Friends: 1938

Best Friends: 1938

November 1938. "Boy with dog. Omaha, Nebraska." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Dog Point

Here in the quail country of north Florida/southwest Georgia, that's a Bird Dog!


He may also be a pet quality English Springer spaniel.

Daddy And His Dog?

I really had to do a doubletake at seeing this. I instantly thought of a photo of my father when he was a boy -- in Omaha. He would have been about 7-1/2 at that time, and this boy looks like he's a little older than that, but still ... It's hard to tell in my photo if the dog could be quite as multicolored as the dog in this Shorpy photo.

Definitely an English Setter

After taking a closer look, I think the dog is definitely an English Setter. The hair on the chest looks like one of my dog's, and there are slight curly areas in the hindquarters. Not to mention the way he/she is looking at the boy, I have seen that look many times!

Shoe Shine?

Even though you can only see a small corner of it, the boy appears to be sitting on a type of box used by shoe-shine boys - open at the bottom to hold shoe polish, brushes, etc. He also seems to be using a fire hydrant as a back rest.

To Settle the 'What Kind of Dog' Matter

Looks like a "Curb Setter" to me!

Bird Dog

I was thinking it looked like an English Setter.

Definitely not a hound

This dog is no bluetick, it's some kind of setter.

A boy and his dog

Thankfully, some things never change.

Definitely a hound.

Can any of you colorization gurus take a stab at this one?

Methinks that dog is a bluetick.

edit-EQ,you guys are right. I did some image searching.


How astute of Mr. Vachon to capture this simple moment of mutual affection.

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