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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Edgar's Daughter: 1936

Edgar's Daughter: 1936

December 1936. "One of Edgar Allen's children sitting on the bed in the house on his farm. There are no sheets, pillowcases, or pillows (other than makeshift) in use. Bedding usually consists of castoff rags and a few old blankets. Near Milford, Iowa. They are helped by the Resettlement Administration." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.

 

Brrr...

I live in Nebraska in a house built in the 1920s. My room is in the attic (similar to the one in the picture) and it gets so cold up there in the winter! Of course, I am able to turn on one of two safe and efficient space heaters and cuddle under as many blankets as I like. These poor little kids were tough!

Edgar's Daughter

How very sad. I wonder if she got assistance for her eye--so easily fixed these days.

 
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