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Rocket Man: 1941

Rocket Man: 1941

August 1941. "Member of blasting crew at Danube Mine near Bovey, Minnesota." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Powder monkey

I spent a number of summer vacations with my aunt and uncle at a Nevada gold mine in company housing. I ate many a meal seated in the kitchen upon just such a box. The best meals ever, too. She was a real cook and feeding hungry son, husband, and one growing nephew.

My uncle was a mechanic and my much older cousin was a powder monkey. Had another Herc box to stow my cars and trucks when I wasn't playing. Great memories.

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