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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Russell Lee

Pie Town: The Musical

Pie Town: The Musical

Pie Town schoolchildren singing. October 1940. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome by Russell Lee. Second boy from the right is "Pops" McKee, interviewed by Paul Hendrickson in the Smithsonian article on Pie Town.

 

Meet Me at the Fair: 1940

Meet Me at the Fair: 1940

At the Pie Town Fair, Sept. 1940. Kodachrome by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Faro and Doris: 1940

Faro and Doris: 1940

October 1940. "Faro and Doris Caudill, homesteaders, Pie Town, New Mexico." Faro and Doris got divorced a couple years after this picture was taken; she ended up homesteading in Alaska. There is a book about her life called Pie Town Woman. Kodachrome by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Pie Town Garage: 1940

Pie Town Garage: 1940

Filling station and garage at Pie Town, New Mexico. Photograph by Russell Lee. September 1940. View full size. "Original owner sold pies, hence the name 'Pie Town.'" Wikipedia says that person was Clyde Norman, who started a dehydrated apple business there in the 1920s. Pie Town hosts a Pie Festival in the fall; photographer Lee took dozens of pictures of the 1940 rodeo and barbecue, which we'll be posting. Here we can see details of the the 1940 fair, and that gas was 21 cents a gallon. (Goodbye everyone, I'm moving to Pie Town - Dave)

 
 
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