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I Love a Parade: 1938

I Love a Parade: 1938

October 1938. "Cajun girl at National Rice Festival. Crowley, Louisiana." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Lookism

I love all the "helpful" advice from the trendy commenters of today. However, if they were suddenly plunked back into those old photos, they'd be the ones quite out of place, and themselves the recipients of all kinds of helpful advice on how out to become fashionable and trendy...for then.

Take-away point...if you see a "look" in a photo, that was pretty much what everyone wanted to look like at the time.

Curler giveaway

Someone needed to tell this pretty girl that you need to brush and style out, out the very obvious curler hair after you take out the curlers.

Pretty girl

Does anyone else think the pretty girl in the middle looks like Scarlett Johansen?

[Or maybe Scarlett Johansson. - Dave]

Family Resemblance II

The reason I clicked on the photo is the girl on the right could be my mother's sister. Mom was also 18 at the time, but in Massachusetts ... uncanny. Can't wait to show my sister.

Family Resemblance

The girl on the right looks so much like my grandmother it's spooky. She would have been 18 at the time. She and her family, however, are all from Virginia. I wonder if it's some distant cousin or something. I've heard it said that everyone has a double, and I believe I just found hers, or at least a photo of hers.

What a cute smile

She looks so happy! I bet it was a great afternoon.

 
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