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Pie Town Singers: 1940

Pie Town Singers: 1940

June 1940. Three members of the ladies' quintet at a community sing in Pie Town, New Mexico. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Russell Lee.


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The woman in the center could be wearing pince nez glasses or more like the ear piiece on the side we can see got beant and couldn't be bent back into shape and broke and either they can't get to where they can get replacements or Can't afford to right now so she's making do. Done it once or twice myself.


They have to be closely related, they look so much alike.

The nose bridge piece on the center woman's glasses is different than the others, and the classes fit more closely across the nose. These may be pince nez type, especially C-type, that stay on by spring or fit power on and around the nose. Teddy Roosevelt wore them, for example.

Want to See the Other Two

I don't think it gets any better.


Such a marvelous picture, brimming with incredibly touching details. "Sow Good Deeds" should be on everyone's playlist, hm?

Hymns and Hers

They are singing from the famous "shape note" song book, "Sacred Harp". Mostly hymns.


...does the hottie in the middle keep those glasses on?

Ladies' Quintet

I want to see the other two. And I want to know what song they're singing.

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