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Eggs n Ale: 1941

Eggs n Ale: 1941

October 1941. "Young and old join the pilgrimage into the fall splendor of the Berkshires. Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts. State-owned camp and picnic site." Medium-format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

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Bright egg yolks

Those look like nice bright, reddish-orange yolks, from free-range hens. I lived on a farm as a newlywed and we had eggs like that. It's been more than three decades but store-bought eggs still look anemic to me!

Chipped Cup

That's what you get when you haul your fine china to picnics.

Little Angel

That little girl is just adorable. Weird to think she's in her mid-seventies if she's still with us.

Is this the same picnic?

Seen here. Right time era, same location, same tablecloth, same brand of beer. Plates are different though.

[Same park, different folks, different tablecloth. - tterrace]

[tterrace is correct. The grid seen here is the next table over from the plaid pattern seen in the other shot. - Dave]

Let's go on a picnic

But first let me dress semi-formally, with a tie, hat and suitcoat. I'll be in public, after all.

Those were the days, eh?

Harvard Ale on the trail

It's interesting to see the combination of ale and eggs. They brought their own china to their picnic; imagine how much stuff you had to plan for a picnic before water bottles and paper cups. We are so spoiled.

Worcester Evening Gazette

One of two Worcester, Mass. newspapers at the time - it's since merged with the Telegram to become the Worcester Telegram-Gazette. The page features an ad for Filene's, a venerable local store.

[The Boston-based department store chain. - Dave]

Picnic necessity

Hope someone brought a church key.

Evening Gazette, October 3, 1941

The paper under the ale and eggs is the "Evening Gazette." Boston, perhaps? Among the fascinating news items, "Schools Head P.T.A. Speaker." Love the man's hat and the little girl's bow, by the way -- they don't dress that way on the Mohawk Trail these days.

Working man's hands

The suave dressed man is a working man, his hands and fingernails tell a story of their own.

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