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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

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Rustan brothers

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


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


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...

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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