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Full House: 1938

Full House: 1938

January 1938. "Interior of workers' shack. Porta de Tierra, San Juan, Puerto Rico." Note the drop-in guest. View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.

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Oh, there it is!

Thanks for the close-up. I was going a bit crazy trying to figure out the mysterious guest.

Itsy bitsy spider

My grandmother had a big spider in her kitchen in Lake Okeechobee, Florida, back in the 40's. When my parents moved in, my mother freaked! She was told to leave it alone, it ate other insects. It was still there when they moved out.

Drop-in Guest?

What are you all seeing that I can't see? Other than the abject poverty and despair.


There is an interesting contrast between the woman and the little girl. The woman looks worn out by poverty and old before her time. The little girl looks bright eyed, hopeful and interested in her surroundings. She doesn't know she is "poor." I hope she was able to improve her life.

Drop in guest?

What drop in guest?

Charlotte's Web

Holy crap look at that thing!! Yikes!

Not So Itsy-Bitsy

That took awhile ... "don´t look up, just come on over here."

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