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Married, With Cows: 1940

Married, With Cows: 1940

December 1940. "Family of Dennis Decosta, Portuguese Farm Security Administration client who owns 12 cows on a small farm in Little Compton, Rhode Island." 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

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Married, With Cows: 1940

I just talked to the little boy wearing the hat. He is 77 years old now. He told me that he knows about the photo, and that his wife found it on the Internet a while ago.

The Honeymooners

That kitchen looks a LOT like Ralph and Alice Kramden's.

Matches As Change

Laark, my grandfather used to own the Rainbow Pure Oil station in Callahan, Florida, and folks still talk about how he'd give boxes of matches instead of pennies when making change. Evidently, he made a fraction of a cent profit on the deal, but folks back then always needed matches and few if any objected to the idea.


I know how he feels. We milked about 30 cows morning and night when I was a kid. It is not a fun way to make a living.


Those old match holders are now sold to restaurants as toothpick dispensers.

Got a Match?

I think that's a holder for matches on the wall above the family. Matches were a household necessity in those days. And by the way, a penny box of matches now costs fifteen cents.

Re: Dennis Decosta was not Portuguese

. . . having been born in Rhode Island in 1904.

Submitted by AndyHall on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:33pm.

Punchline from an old Mainer joke: "Well, if your cat had kittens in the oven, you wouldn't call 'em biscuits, wouldja?"

Dennis Decosta was not Portuguese

having been born in Rhode Island in 1904. According to the 1940 U.S. Census, he and his wife, Mary, had five children, the youngest three of whom appear to be in the photo -- Robert, age 1; Catherine, age 2, and Owen, age 4. Mr. Decosta passed away in Connecticut in 1967.

New Englanders, all.

Smile Dennis

Mr Decosta appears to have something on his mind. The rest of the family seems to be enjoying themselves.

His wife

is a cutie! Look at that smile!

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