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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CRUISE THE GREAT LAKES, 1930s

Just Add Water: 1936

Just Add Water: 1936

November 1936. "Migratory family in automobile camp, California." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
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It's the Laundry

Judging from the clothes on the hood of the car drying in the sun, I'd say it's the laundry.

[Hence the title. - Dave]

Something is in there

I'm guessing that the man in the foreground has caught something in the tub and is wondering if it is something they can use for dinner because I doubt that a grown man would just sit and stare into an empty washtub. If a squirrel, raccoon, rabbit, opossum or some other critter has become trapped in there, he could not get out on his own and may provide some protein for the family to go along with the fried dough many had to eat to sustain themselves in those dire days. Desperate people would even eat rattlesnakes and still do today, even though they are well off. What do you think it is?

 
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