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Twenty Questions: 1940

Twenty Questions: 1940

February 1940. "Farm boys at 'play party' in McIntosh County, Oklahoma." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Two hard workers

The boys on the right look to be hard workers by the condition for their hands.

One Of 20 Questions

What color is the guys leather jacket? Doesn't seem dark enough to be black, and too shiny to be brown. I want it to be red, like Dean's Rebel Without A Cause jacket.

Captive kitten

The boy on the left appears to be explaining how Harry Frees posed his animals.

Child's play

Everyone, children to adults, sang and did the movements to children's games (Skip to My Loo, Pop Goes the Weasel) at a play party:

The churches disapproved of dancing and of the fiddle, but the play parties didn’t seem so worldly. “Some family would let the children all come in and play games. And you had to call it games because dancing was sinful,” Ritchie explains. “It was called ‘going to the plays,’ and so it got to be called a ‘play party’—a party where people played. - PBS

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