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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

A Bumper Crop: 1939

A Bumper Crop: 1939

October 1939. "Garden Park, Fremont County, Colorado. Mrs. R.C. Williams, wife of FSA borrower." An obvious connoisseur of corn. Medium-format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Beautiful

After nearly a decade of drought in that part of the country a large, fully filled corn crop was truly a sight of beauty. That is a very genuine smile.

Times have changed

It is difficult to look at this without applying the morals of 2013, if you know what I mean. I am old enough to remember when we pulled ears of corn and shucked them by hand to have animal feed all winter. However, I have never seen anyone look at an ear of corn with such tenderness!

Oh what beautiful corn! (colorized)

All I can see is the sun and the bright sky and her joy!

 
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