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Thankful Smiths: 1941

Thankful Smiths: 1941

April 1941. "Family of Lemuel Smith, Farm Security Administration borrower, saying grace at the afternoon meal. Carroll County, Georgia." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano for the FSA. View full size.

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Wile E Coyote's brand of choice.

Happy Thanksgiving Shorpies!!

Time to play "guess the food". I'm not very good at the game so may need help from fellow Shorpies. I see:

Cornbread ( and lots of it )
Green beans
The adults and 2 older children are drinking coffee or tea?
Raisin pudding?
A plate of chicken?
A large mason jar of ... salad dressing?
A large bowl of gravy?
Sugar bowl in the center?
Everybody has a bowl of ... cranberry sauce? ( I have thanksgiving on the brain.)

Yeah we have it tough these days 2018

they did not know they were poo in the sense, it will get better in the future let it not drag us down, of course religion was just aboiut the paramount of their lives unfed all trying times.

[The poo will always be with us. - Dave]

Like home

This photo reminded me somewhat of the attitude seen at our Thanksgiving dinner last night. Wish I had a photo to remind me, like these folks did. The ironic sight of oil lamps and an electric iron, both atop the pie safe, is pretty charming here, too.

Doubly blessed

Cornbread AND biscuits.

Happy Thanksgiving

What a beautiful photo of an Americans during difficult times! Maybe poor in finances, but clean and a great family.

Lemuel and Susie lived long lives

According to the records accessible through Ancestry, the Smiths were 40 and 38 in 1940, and had seven children. Lemuel and Susie lived to be ~94 and 86, respectively.

Improvised placemat

for the baby, who obviously is expected to make a mess.

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