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The Birdhouse: 1944

The Birdhouse: 1944

Wilkes County, Georgia, circa 1944. "Dovecote at Hill Plantation, Washington vicinity." 8x10 acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.


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Blackberries do grow in Georgia. And Georgian birds love them.

Although I knew what it meant from the context, I was compelled to look up the word "dovecote". I love learning words from Shorpy almost as much as seeing the pictures!

Messages nothing.

Them was good eatin!

A pigeon loft

For when flying rats were used to carry messages, not just to ruin your washday.

Do they grow blackberries in Georgia ?

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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