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Wheat Toast: 1941

Wheat Toast: 1941

        To agriculsha!

Fall 1941. "Jackson, Michigan. Threshing wheat. Farmers drinking beer." Photo by Arthur Siegel for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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And a chaser of 10w30

Helps keep them boys regular

"Oil" can

It's a little-known Midwest trick -- a good squeeze of vodka into each bottle of beer prior to consumption. It kinda makes the harvest go more pleasantly, ya know?

Old Milwaukee

Not just any beer it's Old Milwaukee!


No way to top Bill Cary's pastiche, but I hope they're enjoying a Weizen, at least!

Well lubricated

Unbeknownst to Uncle Henry and Aunt Em, farm hands Hunk, Hickory, and Zeke relieved their boredom by beer. Together they drank a whiz of a fizz of suds at once, if ever, oh ever a beer there was.

Oh, do be careful with the fluids and don't drop that oil can Hunk, you might rust in place for ages or at least until a little girl happens by.

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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