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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • A CHRISTMAS JOKE WITH A POINT TO IT

The Law of God: 1939

The Law of God: 1939

February 1939. "Child of migrant sitting by kitchen cabinet in tent home near Edinburg, Texas." Ten Commandments, meet Jersey Creamery. Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Tom Sawyer!

Shorpyites loving noticing the details in these pics. The one I noticed is the jar of Tom Sawyer Peanut Butter. Looks like that jar is now serving to hold drippings. And I wonder of the curtain under the table is made from feed sack material.

"The Last Say Commandments"

There is what appears to be a little tag, just below the white card at the top, directly above his head. It says, "The Last Say Commandments".

[It reads "The Last Six Commandments. - tterrace]

Same guy?

Looks like this little guy. Right down to the scab on the nose.

[I don't think so, unless he'd been to the salon for a dye job. - tterrace]

Color shift? One outdoor photo in sunlight, one indoor photo with flashlight? Maybe some funny trick from sunlight filtered through the tent fabric?

Well, I admit, the shape of the face seems to be somewhat off as well. On the other hand, same time, same state, same photographer.

 
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