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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BRIDGE AT ARGENTEUIL, 1874

The Wallflowers: 1943

The Wallflowers: 1943

June 1943. "Gloucester, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lopez. They have two boys in the armed forces, six children altogether. He is a fish skinner in the Gorton-Pew fishery." Photo by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Floral ambience

That's the sort of wallpaper that killed Oscar Wilde

I'm from the Government

And I'm here to take your picture. Below, photographer Gordon Parks.

Yep. Grant Wood.

I see I'm not the only guy that immediately thought of Grant Wood's American Gothic.

Perfect married couple

As equals facing life together. As it was always meant to be.

Please, no more fish

Writing as one who has "skinned" few to no fish and based on appearance alone; It would appear the good Mr. Lopez has skinned enough fish for one lifetime.

Pitchfork?

Shouldn't he be holding a pitchfork and standing with her in front of a farmhouse?

Grant Wood

Please call the office!

 
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