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Carnivale: 1941

Carnivale: 1941

July 1941. "People in Vale, Oregon, for the Fourth of July celebration." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Vale, Oregon scenes - July 4, 1941

There's video below for anyone interested in seeing a wonderful slideshow of pictures from that day in Vale.

Seems most of the folks shown in the photo above are walking away (south) from a then-finished parade, as it was held on "A Street" to the north (east/west where the corner for the Vale Hotel is in the background). Maybe hurrying towards the fair?

[The fair is in the photo. See the Ferris wheel on the right? - Dave]

High fashion

The clothing here is outstanding. I sometimes force myself to look at slideshows of couture extravaganzas, with all the runway nonsense, and this stuff here, in Oregon in 1941, is downright beautiful. All the clothing looks skillfully homemade or easily purchased. That woman with glasses in front, holding the little boy’s hand, is just plain gorgeous. That blouse, the buttons, that waistband, the pants, even the saddle shoes – she’s a knockout.

[Her blouse looks like rayon. - Dave]

Main street U.S.A.

Much of it survives.


Sometimes I forget there was a time when everyone's clothing didn't bombard us with brand names and logos.

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