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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Starter House: 1939

Starter House: 1939

October 1939. "Home of one member of Ola self-help sawmill co-op, Gem County, Idaho. 'She likes to sit in the door and watch the geese'." Seen earlier here. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Needs of babies

With the billions of dollars that are now spent on various baby paraphernalia, this is a nice reminder of how little babies actually need, to be happy. A house that keeps the rain out and some heat in, cloth diapers, a high chair, and some geese to watch and she's every bit as happy as the babies who now have thousands of dollars worth of furniture, clothing, toys, etc.! What a cutie!

No Milling Around

No milling around -- this ensemble gets straight to the point. Starter House, complete with Starter Family.

I'd live there

I'd bet she was warm, cosy and happy. Which answers todays's trend:
how many square feet does it take to make you happy?

Oh my darlin'

In a cavern, In a canyon,
Excavating for a mine,
Dwelt a miner forty-niner,
And his daughter Clementine.

 
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