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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Kansas sodhouse

Kansas sodhouse

Seeing that someone had just done it reminded me of this very old print I bought 10 years ago at an antique shop in Oberlin, Kansas. These pictures of immigrants posing in front of their sodhouses have a particular appeal for me. This one had even more because I bought it, I guess, just some miles away from where this house had stood. I have seen many of them, and I still think this is one of the best. View full size.

Deluxe Soddy

Great photo, Ray! Any idea just how far from Oberlin this place was? This sod house is unusual in that it has a wing... most soddies were relatively small and compact. Note the board and batten door to the root cellar barely visable at the far left.

 
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