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Louise Dyson: 1940

Louise Dyson: 1940

September 1940. St. Mary's County, Maryland. "Mrs. Louise Dyson, wife of Farm Security Administration borrower. She is the mother of fifteen children." Medium format safety negative by John Vachon for the FSA. View full size.

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What else is on the cover? All I can read is 1940. Granddaddy told me that hole was for hanging in the outhouse.

[J. Gruber's Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack. Of which there are several examples on eBay. - Dave]

She has a beatific face befits a mother of 15 in a room with at least four portraits of her Saviour (and one of a man ... her husband? her father?) looking down upon her.

You have to enlarge the photo to see it, but her facial expression is a marvel. I'd say "God Bless Her," but He seems to have seen to that already.

I wonder how her children, and their children, have fared?

The Belle of St. Mary's

I am from (and currently live in) St. Mary's! Very cool pic. Dyson is still a county name. I wonder where in the county this was taken? My grandfather would have been farming about that time, and I'm sure probably knew or knew of Mrs. Dyson and family.

St Mary's

Wow, I've been living in St. Mary's County for 11 years now and it is great to see this snapshot of history. I wonder if there is any way to learn what became of Mrs. Dyson?

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