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Off Broadway: 1942

Off Broadway: 1942

September 1942. "Batavia, New York. Elba Farm Security Administration farm labor camp. An old man who has lived all of his life near Broadway, New York City, and who was taken off relief and sent to the Elba FSA camp to work in the harvest. He said, 'There is so much suffering in the world today that mine doesn't seem so much, and I'm doing my best to help bring in Uncle Sam's crops'." 4x5 nitrate negative by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Really AnonTip?

You have homeless kids living behind your local Wal Mart? Why have you not reported them to your local state's child welfare division office? We have social programs for that the last I checked to take them in and provide foster homes. So you are wrong about comparisons. Back in the days of this photo, there really WERE homeless kids in the street and no government social safety net to provide for them. Today, we have multi-billion dollar programs to take care of them.

[These kids move around, and DCS does not have to money to buy them hotel rooms, pay their rent or build them houses. I live in a small town in Arizona that has over 300 homeless students. Last year I gave $40 to two boys living in a tent behind the grocery store. Below are some links from my own local newspaper so that you may become better-informed. - Dave]

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Waterproof overshoes

Waterproof rubber overshoes are called galoshes.


After looking closely at the laces on that right boot, I think he is wearing some sort of shiny (rubber?) waterproof overshoe over his work boots.


To those among us inclined to lament that Americans today have nothing to complain about compared to this fellow:

1. You are wrong. Homeless kids whose parents are in jail are living in cardboard boxes in the woods behind my Wal-Mart.

Sad Sunday night

He makes my heart ache.

Uncomfortable much?

Collier seems to have posed his subject over the crack between two benches.

Dapper Dan

Interesting mixture of clothing -- pinstripe suit coat, possibly bib-overalls and new work boots.

So much to ask but mostly:

I wonder what kind of jokes made this man laugh.

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