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Pie Town Picnic: 1940

Pie Town Picnic: 1940

September 1940. "Serving up the barbeque at the Pie Town, New Mexico, Fair." Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee. View full size.


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Re: "Pie Town? Where's the smiles?"

Why are there no smiles? Well did you see that plate of food in the lower left hand corner of the picture?

But they're smiling more in this shot with all the pies and other desserts.

Pie Town? Where's the smiles?

You'd think they'd look happier, living in a place called Pie Town.

pie town summer dress

Actually, Pie Town is at about 6700 feet ( ), but that's high enough to be cooler than most places in the summer. BUT, many of the folks in the photo are in short sleeve summer wear, rather than the light coats of those in the foreground. The ones dressed in the coats appear to be older folks. Maybe not that cold, after all?

Dave McNeely

Pie Town elevation

Yes, Pie Town is way up at around 8,000 feet. Brrr.

Warm dress...

They're really warmly dressed for September in New Mexico! Is this a higher elevation or something?

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