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The Joy of Cooking: 1937

The Joy of Cooking: 1937

September 1937. "Wife of John Holling, member of the Otsego Forest Products Cooperative. Otsego County, New York." Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Flora (Jeffers) (Holling) Alger

At the time of this photo she was 27 years old, having been born August 9, 1909. At some point she either divorced or (more probably) remarried after John Holling died in 1973 to a man named Richard Alger.

As of 1940 she had 3 sons, Donald, William and Ernest.

She passed away in 2004 at the age of 95.

She has two separate memorials, one with John Holling and one with her parents.

Farm of John Holling 1937

Lovely setting. Lots of work outside the house too. Photo could have been taken in the 19th century.

Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

Yes, she looks positively ebullient.

Some Joy in Eating

if there was anything to eat. Long before fast food joints and pizza parlors.

Irons are on the fire

It must be a Tuesday, the laundry was done yesterday, and now it's on to the ironing. Now if I can remember where I left that handle.

Vacation Cottage-like

A wood stove is actually fairly pleasant to use, and her dress looks comfortable.

No internet is a drag.

A Hard Life

I bet the woman in this photo wasn't even 30 yet when this was taken.

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