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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Russell Lee

Pie Town: 1940

Pie Town: 1940

October 1940. "General Merchandise store, Main Street, Pie Town, New Mexico." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee.

 

BBQ Blessing: 1940

BBQ Blessing: 1940

September 1940. "Saying grace before the barbeque dinner at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair." View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee.

 

Pie Town Dugout: 1940

Pie Town Dugout: 1940

October 1940. "Mr. Leatherman, homesteader, coming out of his dugout home at Pie Town, New Mexico." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee. Another example of the dugout-style structure used for the homesteader dwellings and church in the Dead Ox Flat photos. Before industry and technology gave us sawmills and frame houses, this is how the average person lived in much of the world. The dugout or pit house, with sod roof, log walls and earthen floor, is among the most ancient of human dwellings -- at some point in history your ancestors lived in one. Especially popular among 19th-century settlers in the Great Plains and deserts of the West and Southwest, where trees and other building materials were scarce, dugouts were warmer in winter and cooler in summer than above-ground structures; just about anywhere in North America the ground temperature three feet down is 55 degrees regardless of the season. [Addendum: This picture was taken using Kodachrome sheet film (5 inches by 4 inches) and (probably) a Graflex Speed Graphic press camera. The image you see here was scanned from the positive transparency itself, not a print.]

 

Pie Town Garden: 1940

Pie Town Garden: 1940

September 1940. Garden and dugout home of Jack Whinery, homesteader at Pie Town, New Mexico. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency: Russell Lee.

 

Co-op: 1941

Co-op: 1941

1941. Grain elevators in Caldwell, Idaho. Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

A Poor Diet: 1936

A Poor Diet: 1936

December 1936: "Christmas dinner in home of Earl Pauley near Smithfield, Iowa. Dinner consisted of potatoes, cabbage and pie." View full size. Photograph by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Tobacco Candy: 1940

Tobacco Candy: 1940

A pool hall in Shasta County, California. Photograph by Russell Lee, 1940. View full size.

 
 
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