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Cow Boy: 1942

Cow Boy: 1942

July 1942. East Montpelier, Vermont. "Conrad Ormsbee with automatic electric milkers. His father agreed to increase his Jersey herd from 25 to 30 milkers to aid in the Food for Freedom program." Photo by Fritz Henle. View full size.

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Now that brings back memories. My parents milked cows for 40 years, and I did it for about 10, until I went off to college. I never dressed as well as Conrad did when I was in the barn, though.

Conrad has to concentrate....

If he doesn't adjust that milker just right, it could be udder disaster.

Me too!

I think every kid born between 1940 and 1948 once owned a shirt like Conrad's.

Ultimate Ormsbee

I think if someone said "Picture what a guy named Conrad Ormsbee would look like," I'd have actually pictured this kid.

Conrad 2013

This has to be him!

[Click to enlarge. -tterrace]

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