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Dolls: 1938

Dolls: 1938

November 1938. Donaldsonville, Louisiana. "Young girl buying doll from concession manager at the state fair." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. Library of Congress.


Charlie McCarthy

Been a while since I've seen Edgar Bergen's alter ego. He was far bigger than Jeff Dunham is today. I don't think Charlie ever ran for president, while Jeff's curmudgeonly Walter has thrown his hat in the ring.

Details, details!

At first I thought the tube device in the lower left was a radio then I decided the item in the manager's hand is a microphone and it appeared connected to what must be an amplifier to "bark" the dolls.

Also the other character with monocle and Uncle Sam hat appears to be Charlie McCarthy of Edgar Bergen fame?

Dopey, Charlie, Snow.

They're not dolls---they're chalkware figurines.

Standing Tall

The manager must be petite; I think she'd be eye-to-eye with the little girl if she stepped down from her Coke crate. And standing on it didn't keep the mud off her spectator shoes, unfortunately.

Leering Dopeys...

Shame! Snow White would've had a few choice words...

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