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Real Simple: 1939

Real Simple: 1939

July 1939. "Corner of tobacco farmer's front room. Shows enclosed stairway and corner of the new fancy bed. Person County, North Carolina." (Whitfield home.) Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.


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I've visited an abandoned mill town here in North Carolina where the company houses look similar. In particular the enclosed stairs are something you don't see much anymore; in the mill town the steps for every single stairway were apparently removable, because they were all missing.

Tiger Maple

The bed appears to have tiger maple veneer -- fancy indeed.

Thomas Jefferson's home has cat doors for the inside rooms--only, being the architect he was, his were single round "portholes" near the bottom and in the center, just the right size for cats.


There appears to be a cut-out in the lower corner of the stairway door. I wonder if this family had a cat?

While cats are usually considered pets these days, on farms they were necessary to keep the vermin population under control.

January & June?

Calendars appear to show January and June 1939.

See link below for how those months would be displayed on this type of calendar:

Assuming 1939...

...the calendar on the left is showing the month of January; the one on the right is showing March.

Conjecture: the photo was published in July, but taken in February?

[The calendar on the right is June 1939. - Dave]


What months are displayed on the calendars? They appear to be showing two different months.


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