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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

His Brother's Trimmer: 1938

His Brother's Trimmer: 1938

August 1938. "Farmer cutting his brother's hair. Caruthersville, Missouri." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Mo. Memories

Shorpy once again features a region I'm familiar with. I was born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, which would be one point of a triangle that has Caruthersville and Sikeston [in the wrestling photo below] at the other two points. The southeastern corner of Missouri is a beautiful part of the Ozarks with lots of wooded rolling hills, pretty creeks and rivers. Although, as the photo shows, over by the river it flattens out into farming areas. Haven't been back in ages. Probably because I'm pretty happy living right where I am in San Diego.

The young man getting his hair cut would be just about the same age as my father from Piedmont, MO, who joined the Navy to be a submariner in WWII. I imagine this youngster signed up, too. Great generation they were.

 
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