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A Clean Sweep: 1939

A Clean Sweep: 1939

July 1939. "Churchyard on annual cleaning up day, Wheeley's Church, Person County, N.C." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. Note the homemade twig brooms propped against the pine. From an earlier post, a group shot of the ladies. Is the church, in Gordonton, still there?

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Sweeping the Yard

My mother tells how "sweeping the yard" was one of her chores as a child growing up in the East Texas Piney Woods. She was not allowed to come to supper till the yard was swept.

Reminds Me of Grandma

My paternal grandmother used to sweep her, um, dirt I guess, just like that.


They sure got that dirt nice and clean !!

Wheeler's Church

According to , Wheeler's Church is still a landmark in Gordonton. It's one county north of where I sit, and I'm almost sure I've driven past it in the last year or so.

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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