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Barnyard Buddies: 1936

Barnyard Buddies: 1936

December 1936. "William Helmke farm near Dickens, Iowa." Kittycat and Piglet sharing a Mulesicle. Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

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Having grown up on a dirt road between a chicken and a pig farm I am aware of its brutal realities. What I find amazing is the likelihood of a piglet and a cat sharing a meal together.

.38 Special

I find it interesting to note the simplicity of his pistol as compared to the paramilitary 16-shot automatics and tons of other gear the police strap on today.

[I'm pretty sure he's unarmed. - Dave]

Ah, the brutal realities of farm life.

All those hipsters who think they can handle owning a farm because they managed to grow an herb garden successfully need to see this.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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