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A Drink at the Sink: 1938

A Drink at the Sink: 1938

May 1938. "John Pope, son of farmer, at Irwinville Farms, Georgia." Indoor plumbing was an improvement for many of the sharecropper families resettled here by the government during the Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression. Photo by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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What our ladle is for

We have a "ladle" shaped in exactly that large "cup" shape. It's about a foot long, glazed with white porcelain, and has a red rim and handle. The handle has a hook at the end, however.

I always wondered what it was used for. It's too large for spooning soup or gravy, or other kitchen purposes. We've just used it as a decoration.

Now it's obvious: it belongs on the rim of a water barrel or bucket.

Young John

I believe this to be John Bennett Pope b Colquitt Georgia 3/23/33 to James (b 1906), a farmer, and Ethel Clare (b 1904) a teacher of literary arts at Irwin County Public School earning $420 pa for 28 weeks work in 1939/40. John died 5/20/95.

According to the 1940 census the family lived in Militia District 901, Irwin, Georgia, can a Shorpyite explain why a Militia District please?

[Google is your friend. - tterrace]

thanks, and I thought the electoral college was complicated!

Notice the handle on the floor?

A twist of that handle shuts the water off and drains the water line to below grade where the water won't freeze overnight after the stove becomes cold.


Wow! Way ahead of the times! An undermount sink!


For some reason water always seemed colder and better from these porcelan dippers.

Drinking Pails

My grandmother and great grandmother, who lived together, always had a pail just like this by the sink for drinking. Even though I always used a glass at home, when I visited I always used the pail. Somehow, the water tasted better.

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