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Sawdust Memories: 1939

Sawdust Memories: 1939

October 1939. "One of 36 members of the Ola self-help sawmill cooperative. Sawmill started with an FSA loan. Gem County, Idaho." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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This site never ceases to amaze me with the amount of minutia about a subject that one can learn and the observation powers of the posters to enlighten us about them. Case in point, sky dog's "suspender button" comment below.

[The word is "minutiae." - Dave]

A sawmill saved the town of Ola

Background and many more pictures here.

Vintage Levis

Our subject appears to be wearing some pre-1937 Levis. There's a suspender button popping up from beneath his belt near where he has his hand on his hip. Levi Strauss & Co. phased out suspender buttons with their 1937 jeans as belts became the primary method of holding up one's pants.

These would also have a waist cinch in the back and exposed rivets on the back pockets. The back pocket rivets would also be altered in '37 as people often complained that they tended to scratch anything the wearer sat on or leaned against.

Board and batten

With a nail or hook to hang your jacket on. Plus sawdust on fedora and jeans.

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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