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Chips off the Block: 1940

Chips off the Block: 1940

December 1940. "Family of carpenter's helper who live in a trailer. Corpus Christi, Texas." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

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Does anyone know what the acronyms on that fedora’s hat badge stood for? I doubt Washington State University for one.

[W.S.B., not W.S.U. And those are abbreviations, not acronyms. - Dave]

Family Portrait Thoughts

Dad has a friendly face and would help you do anything and loan you his last dollar.

Mom is a beauty hidden under a bushel of poverty. An afternoon at the beauty parlor would bring out the beauty especially with a Hedy LaMarr hairdo, eyebrow and eye makeup and a glorious smile.

Sister with a cute half smile and pout that shows how much she loves daddy and don't you dare mess with him.

Brother has a mischievous look and mom doesn't dare put him down or else he'll be all over the photographer's equipment.

A fine looking family and I hope things went well for all.
Hedy Lamarr Quote ...

"Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid."

A word to the wise from one of the smartest movie stars of any era.

Life in the 40's was dangerous!

This is at least the third photo posted this past week where the subject had a finger injury.

One here:

Another here:

Interesting family photo

Looks like Mom has been wearing gloves and Dad should have.

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