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5½ Men: 1939

5½  Men: 1939

October 1939. "Five Idaho farmers, members of Ola self-help sawmill co-op, in the woods standing against a load of logs ready to go down to their mill about three miles away. Gem County, Idaho." Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

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It looks to me like those are peaveys, with spikes at the end of the hooks. Cant hooks have a blunt end on the hook.

Re: Cant Hook

Actually, though the one on the right is a cant hook, the other two appear to be peavies. They have pointed ends and double as pikes. I have one that I've used a bit. One of the handiest things since sliced bread, but it can be easy to get yourself in trouble with one.

I like the shirt the guy on the left has on. What do you call it, a checkered flannel long sleeved polo shirt with a zipper? Interesting combination. Wouldn't mind having one.

She Knew Her Lover Was a Logger ...

...Because he stirred his coffee with his thumb. My father's favorite song -- the rest of the lyrics are NSFW. He worked the Oregon woods as a "whistle punk" at age 13. A stationary steam engine was at one end of a long cable loop and the loggers were at the other and often out of both sight and shouting distance. They would signal how they wanted the cable to move by pulling an equally long string attached to a bell on the engine, on ring for start, two for stop and so on. The whistle punk's job was to watch the engine man and repeat the bell rings with whistle toots as acknowledgment. Mistakes could be and were fatal to the men on the other end.

The Peaveys look properly used but I am surprised that none of the men appear to be wearing caulk boots. Maybe they used fewer nails in Idaho.

Just standing around

Waiting for a reality-series offer to come along.

Hard on equipment

That poor trailer looks like it has a hard life, being overloaded and missing a tire.

Cant hook

Mine is very similar to those shown.
Thing still works great after a 100 years.

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