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Pie Town Community Sing: 1940

Pie Town Community Sing: 1940

June 1940. An all-day community sing in Pie Town, New Mexico. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

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Bored or hot?

I'm not sure they're bored. I think they are about to pass out from the heat. See how wide open those doors are? If you've ever been to New Mexico on a summer day, and had to stand around, without AC, you'd look that way too.

[Pie Town is way up there. Elevation 6,700 feet. - Dave]

likely not shape-note

likely not shape-note or they'd be sitting around the room facing each other (hopefully close to a square).

Singing Style

Do you think they are singing shaped note or "fa so la"?
I think it's also called Sacred Harp singing. Used to be (still is?) very popular in rural churches: All Day Singing and Dinner on the Ground

All Day Sing?

All day? For real? They sang ALL DAY? Zoinks! They really had to work for that pie!!

All-Day Sing

Everybody looks pretty bored.

[But later ... delicious pie! - Dave]

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