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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Today's Tom Sawyer: 1940

Today's Tom Sawyer: 1940

Making his third appearance here in as many days, the impish Iowa farmboy captured on film by John Vachon in May 1940. View full size.

 

The Kid

Gave him a thumbs up and added it to Stumble!

My New Favorite Blog

My goodness, I just can't get enough of this blog. I snuck peeks all day while "working." It's the images from Hine that have spoken to me the most. I look at the faces of the children in the mills, the "newsies," the children of the migrant farmers, and the tenement dwellers and keep thinking of my own little boy, who at 4 1/2 would, perhaps, be out working in these same conditions if it were a hundred years ago. I just can't put my head around that. And yet I look at this impish, freckle-faced guy staring out at me from 68 years ago and he looks so much like my little guy who likes to play Gameboy while lounging in his Spiderman PJs.

Thank you for reminding me how fortunate we were to have had these people as our ancestors. We forget them so quickly but a blog like this -- something they couldn't have ever imagined! -- lets them live on.

[Wow. Thanks, Tricia. - Dave]

A Little Boy's Pockets

I'll bet he has a frog in one pocket and marbles in the other.

No his mind is not for rent

Exactly what I was thinking!! hahaha

He gets high on you...

and the space he invades he gets by on you.
Dave, did you just drop a Rush lyric on a Shorpy pic?
Wow.

Best. Caption. Ever!

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Dee Dee Do Do

He looks as though he stepped out of a Twilight Zone episode. Maybe Billy Mumy sent himself to the cornfield.

 
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