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Market Watcher: 1940

Market Watcher: 1940

August 1940. "Farm family at Tri-County Farmers Co-op Market at Du Bois, Pennsylvania." Medium-format safety negative by Jack Delano. View full size.


King of Queens

The head guy looks like Doug working on his summer vacation from the delivery company.

Red Delicious

My color choices were naturally just guesswork. Hope you enjoy. Click to enlarge.

Alcoholic Apples

My great uncle Jack used to make what he called "applejack" from apple cider. It was quite good and very potent. It was very similar to hard cider. I think you can make alcohol out of just about anything. But I still think it is cider in the bottle.


Can you make quality adult beverages from apples? That seems to be the object of the transaction.I shouldn't think the worst of people--I'm sure it's just cider.

White lightning!

"Yes, this here jug of moonshine will definitely peel the paint off your Chevrolet!"

I warned you!

The look on the boy's face is priceless and, I suspect, the reason the photographer snapped the picture at just this point. Bet the little girl just fiddled with something she shouldn't have touched.


Ahhh, back when two-by-fours were two-by-fours!

The Necktie

A sign of the times, a farmer doing business, wears a necktie. There are other reasons for wearing a tie. I had a friend who worked as a plumber in new construction. He always wore a white business shirt and a necktie. When I first questioned him about it, he said it prevented the wind from blowing down his shirt and made it comfortably warmer for him.


These are the best...when the subjects forget about the photographer.

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