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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Sharecropper Boy: 1937

Sharecropper Boy: 1937

June 1937. "Sharecropper boy near Chesnee, South Carolina." 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
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I wonder what he found

This hard-working kid may have discovered something in the dirt that has his attention. My grandfather, who enlarged his garden just about every summer, always found objects like commemorative coins and medals, old buttons, gadgets, small medicine bottles, etc. He would empty his pockets each time he came into the house to clean up and we kids would get to keep his "finds". It's all been relost over the years and hopefully refound by someone else, and could have been some wonderful keepsakes for all we know. Metal detectors had not become widely available at the time.

 
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Shorpy.com | 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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