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Pie Town Picnic: 1940

Pie Town Picnic: 1940

Sept. 1940. "Serving the barbecue dinner at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair. Pie Town is a community settled by about 200 migrant Texas and Oklahoma farmers who filed homestead claims." Kodachrome by Russell Lee. View full size.

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Beautiful photo of simpler times

This picture definitely takes me back to my childhood, when we would have Homecoming Day at our church. After the morning services, the entire congregation would have a huge picnic. And yes, to us kids it was a happy occasion, because we actually got to pick and choose what we would have for lunch, LoL! (in our home it was either eat what was placed in front of you, or do without)

The food was good, the fellowship was good, Homecoming Day was always special, no matter what the weather was like.

The Pie Festival

For each of you who have said that you long to partake in activities of this sort (of yesteryear to many of you), you can by attending the annual Pie Festival. It is held in Pie Town on the second Saturday of September every year.

Don't Fall Victim to Nostalgia

Nothing is stopping any of you posters from doing exactly what's happening in this photograph. Go invite your friends and family out to the park and have a nice time! Nobody is forcing you to watch TV or be unhappy. With that said, great picture =)

Is the grass always greener?

I feel a similar nostalgic wistfulness when I view this picture. But I can't help but wonder if 70 yrs from now, future generations will be looking at our photos with the same sense of longing.


this brings back memories of picnics and garden parties when life was much so much better, at least in my opinion.

Pie Town

a different time and a fuller life. I remember pies baked by Grandmom. Some flat but always good. Where are the good times gone?

Where are

Where are all the sullen kids wandering around like zombies? Everyone looks so happy, must be something to do with no TV. Or maybe we just don't get enough pie these days.


You can taste the deliciousness. With added happiness on the side.

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