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Youth Council: 1942

Youth Council: 1942

Spring 1942. Young people at the Imperial County Fair near El Centro, California. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.


Holy Heber!

I lived my first 18 years in El Centro, and I used to attend the Mid-Winter Fair. I wonder if this is the same event. The Fairgrounds were in southern Imperial, the town just north of El Centro. These days, the two cities have contiguous borders. Back then, I rode my bike through a mile or two of country land between my house and the Fair.

That Hat!

The trim on that guy's hat--is that supposed to be Spanish? or Australian to keep the bugs away?

[It's flamenco hat ... a midway prize. - Dave]


Russell Lee takes an idea from Busby Berkeley and uses it for still photography. It's still a good idea.

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