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Up for the Fourth: 1941

Up for the Fourth: 1941

July 1941. Girls at the Fourth of July carnival in Vale, Oregon. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.


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Carnival Canes

Here's what an Antiques Roadshow appraiser says about them:

Carnie Canes

What was their point? To grab the brass ring?

Kewpie Doll

In her other hand she appears to be holding a kewpie doll sort of like this 1930'2 carnival prize on

That's IT!

That's my bulldog carnival cane, right there. It looks like a cat from the back but it's a dog. Now I know how old mine is!

Carnival Cane!

I have not seen one of those carnival-prize canes in over forty years. Oh, how we wanted to win them; oh, how useless they were.

[I wondered what that was! Below, a closeup of the prizes. - Dave]

Carnival Cane?

It looks like the dark-haired woman is holding some wooden carnival canes. I have one with a ceramic dog head at the top that looks similar to the one she's holding, but it's hard to see the details. They just don't make carnival prizes like they used to!

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