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Duplex Hovel: 1938

Duplex Hovel: 1938

September 1938. "Home of old and sick mine foreman and WPA worker and their families. Charleston, W.Va." Including he youngsters seen earlier here and here. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Shoes, black walnuts aplenty on the ground, fire in the stove on a late September day, harvested corn stalks behind the cabin for grits through the winter, a screen on the window and a rain gutter on the door with the fabulous beauty of West Virginia woods all around....... a lot better of than it may appear to the city folk.


There must be an Eastern Black Walnut tee nearby judging from all of the walnut fruits on the ground. Black walnuts are famously difficult to remove from the fruits.


Can't help but notice the radical differences in this dreary scene from 1938 and the beautiful, luxurious items of personal vanity from just ten years earlier in the boom year 1928!

Hard Times Come Again No More

'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
Hard Times, hard times, come again no more
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
Oh! Hard times come again no more

-- Stephen Foster, 1854

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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