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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Country Kitchen: 1939

Country Kitchen: 1939

July 1939. Corner of a sharecropper's kitchen showing stove and butter churn. Person County, North Carolina. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

The Old Kitchen

I know what you mean, these old everyday items that people today pay loads of cash for, to sit them in the corner and brag on. What would Jeb say? I love the look of the old stoves, but couldn't live without my modern heater or stove.

Irony

I work for an auction house and find it slightly ironic that these simple, utilitarian, and probably homemade items like the chair and table sell for large amounts of money as "American primitive."

 
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