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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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The Drakes: 1942

The Drakes: 1942

February 1942. Weslaco, Texas. Younger members of the Drake family, including the young man shown playing at the barn dance elsewhere in today's posts, at the Farm Security Administration's Mercer Evans camp. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. Update: The banjo player is Jasper "Sleepy" Drake; his sister Monnie is the guitarist.

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Jasper Drake

I am the daughter of Connie Drake Karr & the youngest granddaughter of "Sleepy." He was an awesome man and a GREAT musician. I could tell you a million stories, but I would run out of room on this page. He and my Gran would be proud to know that these pictures are here.

Jasper and the Kids

My dad playing for the kids. ... (As always ... he was a big kid himself!) Also my Aunt Monnie playing guitar along with Dad. Jasper was about 16 in these photos.

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