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Snakebite: 1938

Snakebite: 1938

November 1938. "Man chewing piece of snake which he has just bitten off. State fair sideshow in Donaldsonville, Louisiana." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Indeed, this is a geek, I believe. And how the man at the far left enjoys the spectacle!

Note to all snakes

Dont mess with this guy!

Tastes like chicken

That's the good news. More good news: No feathers to wrangle. Now, this begs the question: What does chicken taste like?

NO Thanks!

What did the Snake ever do to this guy?

Fess Up

You Shorpians couldn't click that Hi-Def button fast enough could you!

Is that a geek?

I thought they bit the heads off chickens.

Do You Really Want To Know?

"And what does your Daddy do for a living, little girl?"


Hmm, a man bites snake story. Now that's news, or at least an interesting picture.

Really fast food

And this was before "bath salts" was a street drug.

SHORPY OLD 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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