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Naked-Bulb Lunch: 1935

Naked-Bulb Lunch: 1935

April 1935. "Women volunteers preparing school lunch. Reedsville, West Virginia." Photo by Elmer S. Johnson for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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And they did al that... high heels. Ouch!

No Mystery Meat

No mystery meat in those days! Only real food.

Dour Sour expressions there

Heels and butcher knives. Stephen King novel ingredients.

Lucky students!

To be the recipients of what are no doubt hot, delicious home-cooked meals! I've heard of other small communities where the mothers prepared the school lunches in the 40's and 50's. Sadly, probably not allowed today because of health regulations.

The lady on the left is still wearing her mid-1920's bob and is dressed in a more formal style than the others, perhaps the wife of a doctor or attorney? That's her chapeau resting on the bench, matches the rest of her ensemble perfectly.


On the wall behind the knife wielding females. Must have been extraordinary spuds to warrant that monster!

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