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All Ears: 1943

All Ears: 1943

July 1943. "Wheat, Pennsylvania." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration.


Another triumph for Kodachrome

You can almost smell the fields and the broken stalks.


This is what an Ent would look like if J.R.R. Tolkien grew up in Nebraska.

All Ears?

All Ears? What do ears have to do with wheat? Wheat has heads, not ears. Are you thinking corn?

[Wheat, along with the other cereal grains including corn, does indeed have ears. - Dave]

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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