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Herman Delp: 1940

Herman Delp: 1940

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

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What the --

What's his hat hanging on -- a nail driven into the back of his head? Kinda creepy!

[Farmer Delp isn't wearing a hat. - Dave]

Sweet Baby James

I've been trying to place that face. It's been driving me nuts! James Taylor of course.

The mister and missus

There's something ominous and creepy about this photograph. I suppose it's only the dominating shadows and the expressions of defiance (mister) and mild fear (missus). He looks tough and snarling - sort of a pugnacious Sean Penn type. She -- well I'm sure she was very nice and I hope to heaven that more flattering pictures of her were taken in her lifetime. We've all been captured at an inopportune moment.


Coats and jackets in August? Well, yeah. The summer of 1940 seems to have been pretty cold, according to the Penn State records. For example, the low temperature on August 21 was a mere 46 degrees.

Now we have the answer to the question nobody asked. It's what I do.

I live in the South; I have dreams of 46 degrees.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Whatever you do, do NOT bring those pods home, or you'll end up like them!

Thanks for the laughs

Thanks, rgraham and fanhead for the funniest posts about one of the funniest shots I've seen on Shorpy! (Especially the "punchdrunk" quip)

Written on their faces

Let's par-tay! Well, maybe not.

The Delps

I'd say he wears the pants in this family. He looks like he takes no guff, and she looks punch drunk. Other than that, all I can say is WOW, what a shot.

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