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Loves a Parade: 1938

Loves a Parade: 1938

October 1938. "Spectators at National Rice Festival parade in Crowley, Louisiana." 35mm negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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The Hands Tell the Story

Moreso than in their faces, the universal truth about youthful exhuberance and subdued experience is told in the hands of the boy and the elderly man. Without seeing their faces, which clearly express joy, the old man's hands are gently saying, "I'm not going to stop you from living your life but I am going to teach you a few things before you go."

What we're not seeing

I wish we could see a couple feet to the left. I suspect the boy is completely surrounded by onlookers and his attention is being drawn to something cute/amazing in front of the onlookers, not a parade possibly behind the onlookers. Maybe a cute puppy being held, a clown or ??


The leg is there. It is hidden by the hand that is highlighted and the strong contrast of the orthochromatic film of the day. BTW, this lighting effect is called Rembrandt lighting. That is a strong side light with little front fill lighting. So named after the way the artist painted his portraits. It produces very strong shadows, but as you can see it is very dramatic.


I'm having a rough morning at work. As usual, thank you Shorpy!


Another fantastic photograph by Mr. Lee. Is it just an illusion, or is that little boy missing his left leg?

I love that the little kid

I love that the little kid is wearing a tie!

Joy from little ones

I love this picture! Everyone is happy, here, but it looks like the little boy is the only one watching the parade. Everyone else is enjoying seeing the little boy, especially his Grandpa! There isn't anything better than watching one's grandchildren happy and excited about something!

PBnelson, I think you may be right about the little guy's left leg being missing, but I hope not!

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