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Freedom: 1941

Freedom: 1941

January 1941. "Little boy in Freedom, Pennsylvania." Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Infectious smile

I have looked at this photo multiple times and am always struck by the 'happy go lucky' attitude the young man seems to have. Now I realize why I keep coming back to it. The pose and smile and general demeanor have Gene Kelly and Singin' in the Rain playing in my old head bone. In Technicolor.

Breathe deep the gathering gloom

Junior looks a little squirrelly from breathing those factory fumes.

Way back when ...

... there was such a thing as innocence in children above the age of six. What a happy (if a tad impish) smile this young man had, despite what must have been difficult economic circumstances. I hope he had a life as joyous as his countenance on this winter day.

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