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Mrs. Aks: 1938

Mrs. Aks: 1938

Summer 1938. Uncaptioned. Somewhere in Ohio, possibly Marysville. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Mrs. Acks

I look at the determined profile of this woman and try to imagine her in modern clothing, a dark suit.

The floral dress ages her. Old people dressed like old people back then. I wonder how old she was when this was taken.

I think of my own mother, in her 70s, wearing jeans. And how she doesn't seem 72 like my grandmother did.

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