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Pulaski County: 1935

Pulaski County: 1935

October 1935. Cotton pickers in Pulaski County, Arkansas. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.


There's Drama Here

There's definitely some kind of drama going on here. One guy is yawning. But the guy next to him is totally fed up about something, or by the looks of it, someONE in particular.

We'll never ever know.

Jughead Beanie

Holy cow! Get a load of the hat the yawning guy is wearing. It's actually designed. Reminds me of Jughead, of Archie comics. Apparently it was a style among boys in the 1930's to cut the brim of a man's hat and make the crenellations.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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