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Tuned In: 1941

Tuned In: 1941

June 1941. Family at the "USDA farm family labor camp" in Caldwell, Idaho. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.



When I was 10, the potato farmer next to the labor camp said I could have the potatoes in his field since he could not harvest them due to the freeze. My father was topping and picking beets.

I and a group of kids picked the good potatoes and sold them by the sackful in the labor camp. One week after we started doing that, there was a knock on the door of the room we all lived in (which looked just like this photo).

Mom opened the door. A deputy sheriff was there and a man in a nice black suit. He was from the potato cooperative and told me to knock it off.

That was my first experience of meeting big business.


I think the radio is an Airline 62-177 Tombstone (1935). "Airline" was the brand name for Montgomery Ward's radio line and was second only to Sears' "Silvertone" models in mail-order sales.

Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska

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