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Ford Fox: 1940

Ford Fox: 1940

October 1940. Moorhead, Minnesota. "Fox chained to automobile." 35mm negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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1937 Ford

The late '30s through 1940 Ford coupes always catch my eye.


Nice to see his owner left him a water dish.


Fox Noose -- Fair and Balanced.

Rushing into the house

Hey Jim! You still need a date for tonight? Hurry - there is a real fox out by my car!

Also in Minneapolis

I saw a fox go up to my neighbor's front door. They have a cat and dog -- guess they couldn't come out to play!

Tally ho!

This afternoon my wife came in from shopping and told me that as she was getting out of her car in front of the house a large fox ran in front of her and continued down the sidewalk. There are a lot of foxes here in northern Virginia; I usually see them at night, so a daylight sighting is worth noting.

Thought Balloon

"This is SO humiliating. What are they going to do next, put me in a diaper and slap a hat on my head?"

He'll need that coat soon

This photo was taken soon before one of Moorhead's worst winters in history. On Armistice Day 1940, a sudden and powerful blizzard would paralyze Minnesota and the Dakotas, killing 108 people and thousands of animals. Then, in March 1941, a second surprise blizzard would strike Western Minnesota and North Dakota, killing 57, and stranding 2,000 farmers and 3,000 basketball fans in Moorhead alone.


I hope he didn't have to hang on to the radio antenna during trips.


That fox looks so annoyed! Not like those on the east side of the state that get their fill of rabbit here in the middle of Minneapolis.

Early car alarm

If we could pan out, we'd see that all the cars have a fox security system.


This shot cries out for an explanation, but I can think of only three:
1. The caption writer was applying for a job at the Department of the Painfully Obvious.
2. The fox forgot his accordion, that's why there's no money in the coffee can.
3. To illustrate vulpine thought processes: "Could be worse; I could be a stole."
Too bad OTY beat me to my punch line.

Contemplating his future

I believe he just spotted a long lost relative being worn as the collar of some well-dressed lady walking by and realizes his inevitable destiny.

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