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The Farmer's Wife

The Farmer's Wife

October 1938. Farm wife and baby waiting in the car while her husband attends the auction. Oskaloosa, Kansas. View full size. Photograph by John Vachon.

 

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Hometown

I grew up in Oskaloosa. This picture makes me extremely nostalgic, even with the knowledge that these were very hard times.

It's a Ford all right

But I think it's a AA truck. You can see the stake bed through the window.

Ford Model A?

This is a truck, right? There's no back seat or second window.

Ford or Chevy?

I think it’s a Ford Model A, based upon the location of the side rearview mirror, rain gutter over the door and the way the roof slopes down to meet the windscreen. Or maybe not. And yep: she's pretty.
Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska

Candid shots

I wish I could get these great candid shots. It's amazing they could do it with the big bulky cameras of the day.

[Actually this one was taken with a smallish 35mm camera, probably a Leica. - Dave]

The kid

I'm surprised nobody commented on the baby playing with his new iBook! I didn't even know Apple made laptops back then!

Yeah!

That was my first thought as well! Like she's 16 or something.

Mom

Wow. She looks so young...

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