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Mr. Beans: 1939

Mr. Beans: 1939

August 1939. "Oregon. Unemployed lumber worker goes with his wife to the bean harvest. Note Social Security number tattooed on his arm." The jolly fellow seen here a few years back. Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

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Two pictures are better than one

I recognized this guy instantly, but where I thought he was nice looking in the first one, this one isn't that impressive, IMO!

I have always believed that one picture of a person can be fairly misleading. Two pictures provide much more information!

I am what I am

and that's all that I am, I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.


This man reminds me of writer Ernest Hemingway when he was a young man.

The similarity is even more pronounced in the other photo linked to in the above caption. In that other photo, we see a very attractive lady in the background who was this man's wife. These two people have a look of refinement about them that makes one wonder if they were formerly well-to-do and then fell on hard times.

At any rate, the photos are very interesting. Many thanks for posting.

[He was no doubt a member of the Tattoo Aristocracy. A Hello to Arms. - Dave]

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