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Ragamuffin Wagon: 1937

Ragamuffin Wagon: 1937

September 1937 and another dispatch from John Vachon: "Children living on the outskirts of Washington, D.C." And their rabbit hutch. View full size.

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A little dirty. A little feral. Different ages together, the older watching the younger. Access to animals.

I'd take this childhood any day.


Crosley both my Mom and Dad were also 11 when this was taken, and my Mom would agree with you. She had wonderful childhood memories, growing up on a farm in Ontario. Because of the farm, of course they never went for lack of food and I'm sure that made a difference. My Dad also grew up on a small farm in Manitoba, and his memories may have been better if his own father had been a little less crabby.

All one family?

If they are all siblings their Mother must be one tough lady.

Andy Griffith lookalike

The older boy on the far left looks like I would picture Andy Griffith, who was born in 1926, to have looked at the same time.

Poor and Happy

At first you would think what a miserable childhood these kids must have had. My mother grew up relatively poor in this same era. She would have been 11 when this was taken. She is the first one to tell you that she would not have traded this time in her life for anything. Even growing up with nothing, she had a great childhood with very fond memories. I'm sure not all share this fondness of the depression era, but if you ask, I'll bet most do.

Of mice and men

"Tell me about the rabbits George. Tell me again about the rabbits."

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