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So Fresh: 1941

So Fresh: 1941

June 1941. Produce market in San Diego, California. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.


The Eggplant .....

Well, I love supermarket and store photos and this one is great. I am wondering, however, why , in one place in the store, the Eggplant is 5 cents and in another part of the store it costs 10 cents.The two do not look different in size.

The hair style is French braid, I believe and many people do it themselves.The shoes are quite unusual, though.

1940s Hair Style

I'm not knowledgeable about women's hair styles, but I like the way her hair is braided. It looks complicated and perhaps something she could not have done herself.

She takes her squash--and

She takes her squash--and her shoes!--seriously!


Look at those unique shoes!


I can assure you, they didn't take the photo out of a need for security.

check out those shoes!


What is eating her shoes?

This type of scene is so mundane, it is a wonder people thought to take the pictures, but I am SO GLAD THEY DID!

I wonder what she was thinking

This woman seems so intent on choosing the right vegetable that I wonder if she even knew the picture was being taken. Or maybe it was taken for security? I have no idea. I wonder what she was thinking and where she is now, sixty seven years later. I love the beautiful simplicity of this scene: an everyday thing that people rarely stop to admire these days.

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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