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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FIGHT DISEASE WITH CLEANLINESS: 1936

Ice Cycle: 1941

Ice Cycle: 1941

January 1941. "Harrisonburg, Virginia." Braking at the door till someone lets it in. Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Vachonesque!

Before reading his name, i knew that picture was from John Vachon. What a talent!

Alternative explanation

They don't open the door for peddlers.

Cold Steel Beauty

Looks to be a late 1930's Wards Hawthorn bicycle with a New Departure two speed rear hub.

Robert Frost

Dave’s line “Braking at the door till someone lets it in” puts me in mind (cadence + theme of ice and snow) of the title of Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”

DANGER WILL ROBINSON!

Imagine trying to ride that bicycle on those icy streets.

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