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Merry-Go-Round: 1938

Merry-Go-Round: 1938

August 1938. "Farmpeople at the county fair in Central Ohio." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.


Circle and a Circle

I love how the adults sitting in a circle around the tree echoes the merry-go-round behind them.

Mrs. Left

I love the lady to the left. She has a sweet smile. Reminds me of my late Grandmother.


...How merry-go-rounds have not really changed from 80+ years ago. How every dress is different and how they are dressed up, some with today that picture would have all jeans/casual sweats.

Polkadot dress

Sure reminds me of Ma Kettle

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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