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Shack Chefs: 1936

Shack Chefs: 1936

Winter 1936-37. "Scott's Run, West Virginia. Typical scene of activity at the Shack Community Center. These boys represent a group who made up a gang that came to the Shack to interfere with its activities; in the end they joined a Chefs group and are here shown at work." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

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What does that mean?

I wonder what "interfere with its activities" actually means? More on the sinister side, like a gang of spoilers? Or rather kids bored out of their heads and therefore aiming for practical so-called jokes? Well, idle hands are the devil's best tools - shanghaing them still is a good antidote.

I wish I could take her cooking class

The love in this young lady's eyes for what she is doing just radiates from the picture! I truly think she should be tagged as one of Shorpy's "pretty girls". I'd take her out for a soda any old time.

Lemme Outta Here!

The young man on the right appears to be getting into the spirit of things: he is smiling, he has his apron on "girlie" style, over his neck and tied at the waist. The young man on the left has his apron just wrapped around his waist, and his scowling face seems to say: let's just get this over with and lemme outta here!

Teach a man to fish

Teach a kid to cook and he'll always have a livelihood. Beats the alternative.

Yo bro

Judging by his shirt and necktie, I think the young fella on the right is the accountant for the gang.

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