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Ola Baby: 1939

Ola Baby: 1939

October 1939. Wife and baby of of the Ola self-help sawmill co-op president in the doorway of their home. Gem County, Idaho. View full size. Scanned from a 4x5 inch nitrate negative photographed by Dorothea Lange.

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Does this house still exist?

I'm writing a research paper on this photograph and the other one taken of this house and baby and was wondering if anyone successfully got in touch with the "Ola Baby"'s daughter. If Lange's other captions led me to the right conclusion, the family's name is "Kanady."

Please feel free to e-mail me with any contact information. Thank you.

Ola Baby

This is Joe Manning. I am an author and historian who is conducting a research project to interview descendants of the Depression-era photos, like this one. I would love to talk with you, and find out more about your grandmother and mother. If you are interested, see my website at, and you will find my contact information.

Ola Baby is my mother

That's the front door. The baby is my mother. My grandmother was 18 at the time. When the photographer came around to take photos, Grandma wouldn't let them in, because she was baking a cake and the place was a mess. Hence, the doorway photo. The window is where the kitchen was.

her smile

I could look at the smile on her face all day long.....such an incredible mixture of love joy and


Time Marches On

That baby is now 68 years old.

The Door

There could have been more than one. Maybe this is the back door.

Wow. You are right!

Moving furniture in and out of here was probably a pain...and if hard times didn't keep you skinny, having an entranceway like this certainly would.


How wide is that front door?

Apparently a slender figure would be needed to go in and out of this house...the baby's highchair barely fits through the door portal.

I love her sweet expression.

She's a pretty lady (in a GREAT dress, I might add), with a slender figure and a fair-haired baby she obviously adores. Life was tough, but I'll bet it was happy!

Re: Paring Knife

Or maybe an ice pick.

Paring Knife

Is that a paring knife on the step leading into the door?
Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska

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