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I Am the Egg Girl: 1940

I Am the Egg Girl: 1940

August 1940. Little girl at the Reitz farm near Falls Creek, Pennsylvania, washing eggs to be sold at Tri-County Farmers Co-op Market at Du Bois. View full size. 3¼ inch safety negative by Jack Delano, Farm Security Administration.

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Farm girls

One of my first jobs on the farm was gathering eggs, the next one was washing them, a job that I detested. I was probably her age when I was assigned that job.


...I'll toss in an(other?) obligatory Beatles reference: "Koo koo ka-choo." :P

an educated guess..

While bobbed hair was no longer stylish by 1940, it is relatively low maintenance and inexpensive for kids.

Bobbed hair in 1940?

Such a beautiful, clean crisp, - and moving - photo. Thank you. One thing I find interesting is her bobbed hair. I would have thought that style was completely over by 1940.

The Work Ethic

Washing raw eggs is extremely tedious for anyone and especially such a young girl. But think what it taught her ... something I don't think our children are learning.


Another great Delano image -- his photos of people are as good as those of trains! Is the child wearing a watch on her left wrist? If so, how odd.

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