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Lean-to Kitchen: 1936

Lean-to Kitchen: 1936

A 12-year-old girl in a family of nine cooks a meal in a rude, open lean-to hut in Tennessee. The family lives in an open field near the Tennessee River. Photograph by Carl Mydans, 1936. View full size.

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Re: Rude

The first definition of "rude" in the dictionary actually uses the word hut: "Rude (adj) 1. crude or rough in form or workmanship [a rude hut]." The first definition of "crude" is "in a raw or natural condition." In any case that's the original caption as written by the photographer.

How rude!

I think your caption should read "cooks a meal in a crude open lean-to hut," not a rude one.

Kids today

...don't know how good they got it, shoes...running water...'lectricty etc.

You can see the same girl…

…in this photo, at the left edge.


Are you sure she's not washing dishes? That's what it looks like to me.

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