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Duet: 1940

Duet: 1940

September 1940. St. Mary's County, Maryland. "John and Louise Dyson, aged Farm Security Administration borrowers. Mr. Dyson was born into slavery over eighty years ago. Mrs. Dyson is the mother of fifteen children." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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This isn't wallpaper

This isn't wallpaper, these are soft metal sheets that are nailed to the wooden walls. You still can see these in the Caribbean, inside and more likely outside very old houses.

[Actually it is paper. Kraft paper. - Dave]


I love the little trinkets on the mantel. I bet they have some great stories behind them.


Can someone tell me anything about that wallpaper? It looks like plain ol' brown kraft paper. And notice that it's tacked up on the wall. (See the other picture of Mrs. Dyson for a closer view.)

My great grandmother

had thirteen kids. Died when the youngest was about five or six.

Hard to believe

Hard to believe their ages, they only look middle-aged.

[Back when 90 was the new 50. - Dave]

Beyond the storm

What peaceful smiles they both have. Like they've seen and understood it all. I think that God must have a smile like that.

He looks good

for eighty, and I don't know how old she is but she looks good for fifteen children. I only have two and they stress me out!

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