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Rural Pacification: 1941

Rural Pacification: 1941

May 1941. "Farm worker with his wife and their twin babies at the FSA migratory labor camp mobile unit. Wilder, Idaho." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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The wearing of the buckle

I wore my belt buckle off to one side in the '60s. I didn't want to scratch the paint on the fender of my car when working on it, which was a constant thing.

Side Buckle

The way the fella is wearing his belt is interesting. You'd see more of that style of wearing the belt with the greasers/rockabilly guys in a few years from when this photo taken.

[Actually the side buckle was a staple of 1930s men's fashion. - Dave]

That Smirk

The smirk on Mom's face and her hand nudging the squinting twin into facing the camera make me laugh. Parents never change and neither do babies!

The happy family

Dad seems a little overwhelmed, or maybe unsure about being photographed, but Momma's expression of pride and love is unmistakable. I hope they prospered.

Maybe later, Dad will get to enjoy a Grain Belt beer.

Gave me a chuckle

Seeing Dave's comment "pacification" I couldn't see the connection of parents and a baby carriage to pacification, then I saw the pacifiers. Ha! Next thought, does Dave lay awake at night thinking up these witty wisdoms or do they just come naturally? In either case, thanks for the extra enjoyment.

[Rural Pacification comes from the Vietnam War. - Dave]

Semi digital

Boy they look young, with a very nice hand-me-down pram. Looks like our young mother is missing a digit. Farming accident?

[You are mistaken (see below). Fingers bend! - Dave]

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