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Character Study: 1964

Character Study: 1964

"Cornett family, Kentucky, 1964." One of the Cornett boys on the front porch after working hard at something. Print from 35mm negative by William Gedney. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.

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Must admit -- I'm not enjoying these "Cornett" family pictures. Something about them makes me decidedly uncomfortable - perhaps I watch too much TV? I unreservedly apologise if I've done the family a disservice.

["If"? - Dave]

[Update: Commenter has courageously altered his post to remove references to "Dueling Banjo's" [sic] and "potential for violence."]

Great Series!

I love how this series from Duke brings some variety in the already amazing offerings from this site.

Looking forward to seeing more of these pics in the future.

What he looks like

is a hard worker, a smart guy, a good man to have on your side. Let's hope he didn't get blown up in Vietnam.

It's all in how you look at it

Probably not a good idea to judge a book by its cover, though on a site like this one it's pretty all we can do.

To some this young man looks like someone capable of "murder and abuse", my impression is that he looks like someone who is used to hard work and not afraid of it one bit. It's such an unusual trait in today's youth that it's easy to mistake it for something else more sinister.

Dare you!

Thsi guy looks capable of murder and abuse. Please stop with the 60s redneck series! Creepy is toop kind a word.

[It's toop something. And speaking of creepy, how are those cousinfs? - Dave]

The Working Hard at something

Is most likely the questionable part. Did this young man escape from what is a future just like his father or did he decide to escape to a new beginning of education and prosperity for his family like many of us did at his age.

I think I and most of my family looked like the Cornett's Cornetts in 1964.

Role model

My 17-year-old grandson started his first job over the summer, bagging groceries. He quit after a week because the work was "exhausting." Sigh.

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