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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

My Left Foot: 1937

My Left Foot: 1937

September 1937. "Camp near Effie, Minnesota. Lumberjack washing his feet." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Lessons of WW1

Working in wet leaf litter and sopping sphagnum moss for ten hours a day could lead to trench foot. Keeping your feet clean and dry was paramount. It also helped keep down the stink!

Church Key!

No doubt used to open the scented bath salts.

You can't fool me.

He's making wine!

There once was a woman who...

Oh my, look at the flies! I remember those flies up in bog country.

A First for Me

Finally, a Shorpy Photo that's in no way better in full size.

Did each lumberjack

have his own bucket ?? Never mind, I don't want to know !

Showerless

Back then you didn't wash all of yourself at once, you did it in parts! I still remember shivering in the morning in a cold bathroom. Standing at a sink with half of me exposed to the cold air, passing a soapy cold wash cloth over places meant to be kept warm, wishing I could just go back to sleep instead.

 
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