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Baby Madonna: 1941

Baby Madonna: 1941

July 1941. "Children of FSA borrower. Mille Lacs County, Minnesota." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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The Rocker

In another 50 years or so, that mission rocker would be worth a couple hundred dollars. And I think I spy part of a matching settee. But the style was very much out of favor in 1941.

"DiMag Hits"

The flag may be old, but the sports page on the top of the dresser was timely indeed. By the time Vachon visited Mille Lacs County in the middle of July 1941, Joe DiMaggio's 56 game streak of hitting safely in consecutive games (between May 15 and July 16) was at its peak. That DiMag hit in a game was itself worthy of the top headline, until Ken Keltner's glove twice robbed him on July 17, ending it.

Charles Denby Cigars

Charles Denby was a Civil War veteran and longtime resident of Evansville Indiana. And so he was honored by the Fendrich Cigar Company (of Evansville) with his own brand.

Eclectic art

Charles Denby cigar box, a woman in a state of (gasp!) semi-undress, and Jesus.

Old flag by 1941

That flag looks to have the 45 star pattern. That flag was current between 1896 when Utah joined the Union and and 1908 when Oklahoma became a state.

The cigar box with Charles Denby's picture dates to around 1902. The owner of the H Fendrich Cigar Company, named a line of cigars after Charles Harvey Denby, a Union Army veteran and Minister to China (1885-1898).

Beautiful Children

This family’s meager possessions tell so much about them. I’m 67 years old and have heard the many stories of my parents growing-up with very little. Seeing these images of how life was back then for many, helps me to understand my parent’s generation that much more. Thanks for posting this image.

Fascinating Photograph

That looks like a 45-star flag, which was adopted in 1896.

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