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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Roswell Fair: 1936

Roswell Fair: 1936

April 1936. "Farm boys of the Pecos Valley, New Mexico, at carnival in Roswell." Note large circular object spinning in the sky. Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Pay attention boys

The boys were "all ears" when listening to the photographer.

They seemed like such nice boys!

The expression of the one on the right shows that he's already hardened by a life of circus-oriented crime, but the one on the left may still have a chance.

Look and get punched!

Everyone looking at the boys "gang' symbol should be punched. It's the ever popular children's game of if I catch you starring at my hand I get to punch you. We liken it to slug bug or punch buggy only it's personal. I double dog dare you to not look at my hand!

Two Bright and Shining Faces

A great photo of two beautiful kids!

Mystery Marks

I'm guessing those marks are from the edges of the plastic roll inside an "apron" style developing tank.

Nothing to see here

That's just a weather balloon.

Throwing a Sign

Punk-posing with that obvious down gang sign would get the taller kid suspended from any grammar school in my city- unless someone popped a cap in him first. The police would then list that younger kid on the 'known associate' rolls.

Signing

Also note the hand sign that the kid on the left is exhibiting - we have just entered the Twilight Zone.

Thugs.

What gang symbol is that he's flashing?

UFOs

Not to mention the 5 mystery objects above.

Sporty

Ice hockey in Roswell? Hmm. I noticed the circular thing in the background harvesting humans.

 
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