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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Watching the Baby: 1939

Watching the Baby: 1939

June 1939. "Girl of migrant family camped near Spiro. Sequoyah County, Oklahoma." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Mondegreens

I think we need to coin a phrase for these visual versions of mondegreens (or misheard lyrics.)

Baby

That baby blends in! Even when I finally noticed it, I thought it was a doll.

Two Kids

This is so very sad. But at least they are not forgotten. I'm sure they never imagined they would gain immortality on something as ephemeral as the Internet.

The Cockeyed Kid

Riiight. If you ignore what makes her so very creepy, she's totally not-creepy.

Not creepy...

She just has a crooked lazy eye. If you ignore it you'll notice she even has a hint of a smile on her face.

I think she just looks like an average little girl babysitting her little brother who is napping in the shade of a tree on a warm sunny day.

The blankie on the little boy is quite threadbare, but I'm guessing it's only there to keep the flies off him while he sleeps.

Glove?

This picture is all kinds of sad. I wonder why the older child is wearing a glove on her right hand?

[No glove. No cellphone. No schnauzer in a straitjacket. Next! - Dave]

Creepy.

The flies are what get me.

Yikes ...

I'm almost afraid to say it ... but she scares the bejeezus outta me!

 
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