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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Cajun Cooking: 1938

Cajun Cooking: 1938

October 1938. "Musicians in cajun band contest at the National Rice Festival. Crowley, Louisiana." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee.

 

There's always one "musician"

Looks like the fiddle player is one of those serious musician types, taking his solo very seriously. The rest are just havin' a good time.

Where's Hank?

Love this photo. I'm looking around for a young Hank Williams in the background, maybe working out the lyrics to Jambalaya.

 
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