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St. Paul: 1939

St. Paul: 1939

Lady resident of a St. Paul rooming house. September 1939. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by by John Vachon, Farm Security Administration.


What would she have thought...

..if she knew that one day (sixty-eight years later) her photograph would be displayed on the 'internet'?

She has kind eyes, but looks a bit surprised at being old.

Mrs. Calabash Remembers

Ah that Jimmy ... such a card ... and what he could do with that schnozzola ... but I wouldn't leave Mr. Calabash, no sir ... if you see Jimmy say hello ...

we found her!!

Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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