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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UP N' ATOM: c. 1950s

Corn-Fed: 1941

Corn-Fed: 1941

August 1941. "Having dinner at the home of Ray Lyman, FSA client near Castleton, Vermont." Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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i can't help it

But it looks like immediately after an argument and Daddy laying down the law of the land.

Saving the best for last?

Or maybe not. Corn back then wasn't very sweet and it had a short shelf-life. Looks like they have plenty of butter and salt at the ready.

Future ethanol farmer

When my lovely bride was about the same age at the girl in this photo, she put down seven ears of corn in one sitting. In the 40 years I have known her, she has never duplicated that feat. Perhaps three in one sitting but mostly just one ear will be gnawed to the cob.

Yes, my wife does have that corn-fed appearance.

Pursed lips

I like the way the brother and sister who have drunk most of their milk have the same mouths. Similar fingers, too. They also both have milk moustaches.

Burning questions

OK so what are the darker things swimming around on the plates -- beans? What is Dad about to sink that spoon into? Why is little sister looking daggers at her brother? Who's going to eat all of that corn on the cob? Is that Mom whose back is reflected in the mirror? I assume that's her glass of milk and plate to Dad's right. But who's the fellow in the hat? Did he eat already? Maybe he's the one waiting to get his hands on all of that sweet corn.

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