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Two Forks: 1939

Two Forks: 1939

October 1939. "Hay forks. Northern Oregon farm. Morrow County, Oregon." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA.

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Tools of the Devil

Mmong the many derogatory names we had for the implements of torture forced upon us on a beautiful summers afternoon, we also referred to these as 'Witch' forks. Pitching hay in a hot barn on a 90 degree day was only marginally better than stacking bales in the loft. You knew it had to be done, but still pined for that cool riverbank and a willow pole to fish with.

American made

I'm willing to bet those pitchforks are made in the good old U.S. of A.

Very Arty!

Look at how the rectangular frame at the upper right actually echoes the angle of the far left hay fork shadow...and if you removed that arrow shaped door "latch" on the door frame, the whole composition would change.

True Love

Ah, how sweet. Looks like true love.

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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