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Harvest Time: 1939

Harvest Time: 1939

November 1939. "Farmers looking at their checks outside tobacco warehouse after auction sales. Durham, North Carolina." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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The car

The car is a Century I reckon - it has the fatter 7.00 x 15" tyres whereas the similar looking Special was on skinnier 6.50 x 16s.

Buyer's car, perhaps?

The chrome window trim identifies that '39 Buick as a Century Series 60. I would bet the car belongs to one of the tobacco buyers rather than one of the farmer/sellers.

Pinstriped wheels

Notice the triple stripes on the wheels. Done by hand for sure!

[Incorrect. - Dave]

Taint necessarily so

Standing next to a car does not mean that it is yours. A pickup would be more appropriate for the farmers seen here.

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1939 Buick 4 door sedan

Explosive proximity

This photo was taken about five blocks from where the fatal gas explosion occurred in Durham yesterday.

Not Exactly the Joads

This is the second instance we've seen in the last couple of days of late-Depression farmers (first potato, then tobacco) running around in new Buicks. Surely John Steinbeck would have been surprised.

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