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The Popcorn Man: 1941

The Popcorn Man: 1941

September 1941. "At the State Fair in Rutland, Vermont." Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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This photo amazes me

I look and I can't believe it. All these people; so contemporary. Hairstyles, clothes, gestures. It does not look like 1940. More like the sixties. Maybe I have a trauma to those years. As a Pole, European. A beautiful photo anyhow.

Hope he doesn't burn any

I used to work for a place where we could cook bags of microwave popcorn. It smelled so good when it was taken out on time. But leave it in a little too long and burn it. It would clear the whole shop.

Freddy Cannon

" You never know how great a kiss can feel till you stop at the top of the ferris wheel." The little blind girl adds a poignant note to the scene.

Smells and Sounds

That's what the little blind girl would have enjoyed. Popcorn certainly among them.

You can't unsee it

I keep coming back to this photo to gaze at the three women -- mother and daughters, obviously (at least to me) -- supporting the beautiful little blind girl. I think she smelled the popcorn. I hope they got her some.

Boy With a Cane

The young man in the white trousers with the twisted leg and using a cane was very likely a victim of polio, still a scourge in those days.

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