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Party Pooped: c. 1939

Party Pooped: c. 1939

Children asleep on a bed during a square dance in McIntosh County, Oklahoma. Photograph by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration Office of War Information, c. 1939. View full size.

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How sweet

Reminds me of my kids. Worn out after a hard day's play. Realize that the oldest of these kids would now be about 75 years old, and have grandkids of their own.

Little mans' green fancy

Little man's green fancy pants make me smile.

Look at that girl!

Love the photo, especially the little girl with her eyes wide open. She is like I was: "I'm not sleepy!" I remember laying down with the coats when my parents took me to a party, and my kids doing the same when they were little.

By the way, "The Farm Security Administration Office of War Information"? Were they in charge of protecting farms in case of war? We weren't at war in 1939. And how would this picture help? Maybe Lee just thought the kids were cute.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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