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My Little Piggy: 1941

My Little Piggy: 1941

1941. "Boy who caught the greased pig at the Fourth of July celebration at Vale, Oregon. Says he's going to join the 4-H Club so he can learn how to feed his pig properly." Photo by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Our Gang comedy in the making

Course, what we don't know is that the curly headed child doesn't live on a farm because he's the rich mill owner's kid, and there isn't a proper place to put the pig. But he somehow gets the animal home and hides it from his Aunt Matilda (she's nearsighted, but she smells that there's just something not right). Two reels of merriment until Dad gets home from work and donates the pig to the 4H Club experimental farm out in the next county.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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