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The Young Man and the Shoe: 1933

The Young Man and the Shoe: 1933

November 1933. "Family group of Fletcher Carden, Route 1, Andersonville, Tennessee. A night-watchman at the Norris Dam bunkhouses. His home is on the townsite of Norris and will be moved. Carden has 12 children. He is shown here repairing shoes at the fireside." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


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The Young Man and the Shoe: 1933

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I just talked with one of the grandsons of Mr. and Mrs. Carden. It looks like I will be doing a story about the family.

Gone but not forgotten

All God's children got shoes

Unfortunately the remnants of that (former) shoe he is repairing seems like it is beyond salvagable unless the laces were still usable. I suppose the youngest kid in the family always got the oldest hand-me-down footwear.

Architectural Salvage

One hopes they dismantled (no pun intended but I'll take it anyway) the fireplace surround and decamped with it to their new digs.

A NIGHT watchman

...and he still managed to have 12 children. Hmmmm...

RE: Happiness is a warm gun

Yes, it's a revolver. Although not 100% certain, it looks a lot like a Smith & Wesson 22/32 with a 6" barrel. That would account for the apparent lack of ejector rod; possibly making it a "Hand Ejector Target" model, in .22 caliber. Also the size of the ammo boxes indicate a smaller caliber gun. Maybe dad figured that after fixing the shoes, since his hands were already dirty, he would clean the gun.

Happiness is a warm gun

Is that a revolver on the table next to the fireplace?

With 12 kids

he shouldn't be fixing shoes, they should be living in a big shoe. Wow.

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