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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Summertime: 1900

Summertime: 1900

Circa 1900. Our next stop in Grosse Ile, Michigan: "Cabin at Rio Vista." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

One vote for Leafosaurus

Definitely some Virginia creeper leaves.

Leafosaurus on the windowsill?

Sure looks like a cat to me!

Potatoes, as far as I can tell.

Spaced a bit too far apart in the row, but it's easier to hack weeds that way. Growing a winter supply of spuds by hand is tough, but the option is serious hunger.

"Local Food" people, of which I am one -- I also grow organic veggies for a living -- should remember how scarce and weakly nourishing a truly local food supply can be if that's all you have.

What's on the window sill?

It looks like a toy dinosaur. Did they even have those back then?

[It's a Leafosaurus. - Dave]

Ahhhh

Southern Michigan Summertime!

Speculation

The boys are just a mite too well dressed to be sharecroppers. Dad probably owns the farm and they and the dog are taking advantage of a photo op with a then 150 year old cabin (give or take a decade).

Li'l Abner slept here

Hoo-wee! That house looks like something out of Dogpatch.

 
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