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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Hot and Cold: 1936

Hot and Cold: 1936

December 1936. "Washroom of Rustan brothers' farmhouse near Dickens, Iowa." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative: Russell Lee, Resettlement Administration

 

Rustan brothers

One of the brothers seems to be a few inches taller than the other!

Reflection

The reflection in the mirror looks exactly like my son, Ryan. He's only 21 but the resemblance is spooky.

Agreed

I agree with Dajavu, that's an interesting reflection. Actually, if anyone who has the ability, time, and ambition to give us a zoom of the entire mirror area, I'd love to see what's in all the bottles on the shelf!

In The Mirror

Okay, so I'm intrigued by the reflection in the mirror.... Is it the photographer Russell Lee, or an assistant? Perhaps a resident of the house looking in on the proceedings? And what might be the object dangling from the hand? Hmmmmm...

 
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