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Poor Guy: 1939

Poor Guy: 1939

July 1939. "Bed with roof over it in May Avenue camp, Oklahoma City." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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May Avenue

I think many of the people of Oklahoma City have forgotten how rough it was here in those days. I wasn't born then, about 15 years later, but I heard a lot about it from my family. My great grandparents even had a land grant from the Run. The house I grew up in on the south side of the city had a working oil well one block over from us for many years, used to go to sleep at night listening to it and the trains that went past the house. May Avenue is very different now, of course.

He May Not Be Down on His Luck

He's wearing a Cities Service patch on what looks like a uniform that is in overall decent shape. Probably has a job.

Interesting history of the company:

[People sleeping outdoors on trash are down on their luck! - Dave]


Air, Bed & Board.

He may be down on his luck,

But he's sporting a pair of well-used Chuck Taylors.

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