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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.

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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.

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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