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Farmhouse Kitchen: 1940

Farmhouse Kitchen: 1940

February 1940. "Family of tenant farmer Pomp Hall, eating breakfast consisting of corn flakes, biscuits, fried bacon, milk and coffee. Creek County, Oklahoma." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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That newspaper on their dinner table is a copy of the now defunct Tulsa Tribune. I see ads for both Street's Clothing and Renberg's, a clothing store as well. They have been closed for quite a while. My very first IT job was at Renberg's starting in November 1977. The old Renberg's sign is still on the building at 311 S. Main in Tulsa. My grandfather attended Central High School with George Renberg. He said he was jealous because George would come to school in a different suit every day!

Could be that he moved by 1940

1940 United States Federal Census
Name: Pompey Hall
Age: 50
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1890
Race: Negro (Black)
Birthplace: Arkansas
Marital Status: Married
Home in 1940: Spring Creek, Phillips, Arkansas
Farm: Yes
Inferred Residence in 1935: Rural, Phillips, Arkansas
Residence in 1935: Rural, Phillips, Arkansas
Resident on farm in 1935: Yes
Occupation: Farmer
House Owned or Rented: Rented
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 3rd grade
Class of Worker: Working on own account
Household Members:
Name Age
Pompey Hall 50
Missouri Hall 49
Willie R Landford 13


Realizing Pomp is probably not his given name. I did many searches but came up empty. Odd.


At first I thought using plates for the corn flakes odd. But it keeps you from using too much milk. My grandmother (born 1903) hated when us chaps used too much milk in the cereal bowl and just poured it down the sink.

And the use of fresh newspaper on the table surfaces kept them cleaner. A charming family photo, although poor. Mama doesn’t like the intrusion but her family looks well fed.

[That's not Mama, who is seated next to her husband. - Dave]

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