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Fledglings Four: 1948

Fledglings Four: 1948

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1948. "Housing -- 'A.C.' chicken house dwelling." Some of the tots last seen here, waiting for a rope and a tree to come along. 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

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Attention Colorizers

If anybody is considering colorizing this photo, remember - this is Georgia. Those feet, hands, and clothes are going to have beautiful red, Georgia clay hues.


Those electric meters look exactly the same as the one on my house, almost 70 years later.


This must have been a multi-family dwelling, since I see four separate electric meters.

[Possibly the "A.C." (alternating current) of the caption. -Dave]

Yes, but ...

Admittedly, it leaves much to be desired as a human residence, but it must have been the Taj Mahal of chicken coops.

Five children

The little girl is wearing the same jacket in both photos, and appears to be the same age. So the time between photos can't be too long. The boy holding the tire in the photo above and the older boy in the other photo is not the same person.

[The photos were taken on the same day. -Dave]

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