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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE ALASKA, c. 1920s

The Eggs and I: 1940

The Eggs and I: 1940

December 1940. "Mrs. Richard Carter, poultry farmer of Middleboro, Massachusetts. She runs the business of one thousand poulets while her husband drives a bulldozer at an Army camp nearby." Acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Nice rug

That's a really nice rug. With that, the wallpaper and the curtains in the window, it doesn't look like a coop. They must move the ready eggs to a different room, barn or house to do the weighing and sorting. Since she's wearing short sleeves in December in Massachusetts then it's probably well heated also. I wonder if she moves the eggs from the barn or if they had a helper.

[That's a linoleum rug. - Dave]

Mille chickens

Poulets? Is this a flourish or an old American usage?

[Perhaps Ukrainian-American. - Dave]

I'm Totally Floored!

As boring as this mundane task must be, I'm certain that the flooring will keep her wide awake! Any of you 'colorizers' out there up to the challenge?!?

Make mine scrambled ...

... with buttery grits, crispy bacon, and a hot biscuit. Oh and I'll have a pair of those Knock-Out shoes in size nine.

And under her breath you can hear saying

L, L, M, XL, S, XL, M, omelette, M, M, L, omelette, and so on.

Zenith egg grader

... I suppose.

HOW MUCH DOES IT WEIGH?

EGGzactly 2.1 oz. (That's what one of my Grade A large eggs weighs)

When your day can't end soon enough.

Egg scale. Small, Medium, Large. A boring job for sure.

Not all in one basket?

Check.

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