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Normal: 1940

Normal: 1940

June 1940. "College boy trying to 'thumb' a ride home over the weekend near Natchitoches, Louisiana." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Amazing photo

Although the college boy seems to be the important figure - for me it is the weedy man in the back. Who is he? What is he doing there? This weird posture, his hands - is rolling a cigarette perhaps? This photo is very poignant and a bit creepy at the same time. Definitely worth more than one look.

Caring for Mother

Norman, however, will not be attending the Normal College.

Your Choice

Truman Capote, or a possible Serial Killer.

College boy

No need for the caption to specify which person it’s referring to.

Louisiana State Normal School

Northwestern State University in Natchitoches was Louisiana Normal College until 1944. "Normal" indicated teacher-training; it came from French for accepted rules (norms), which is what teachers were supposed to teach.

Judging a book

He looks to be obnoxious company for a long car ride. I would speed by.

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