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Plaquemines Parish: 1935

Plaquemines Parish: 1935

October 1935. The Trische family, tenant farmers in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA.


I think that's lace trim on

I think that's lace trim on the chair arm, like a furniture protector. He seems to be reading or holding a very small book. He sort of resembles Gregory Peck from this angle, reading to Scout.

Probably a Sunday

When everyone was dressed up in their best for church, could be for a funeral after noticing the somber looks of the children and the man with the handkerchief in the rocking chair. I'm sure there is a story here of happiness or woe--excellent photo Dave, it leaves a lot for contemplation.

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