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The Last Roundup: 1941

The Last Roundup: 1941

July 1941. "Heads of beef cattle. Hormel meat-packing plant, Austin, Minnesota." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Colorized Version

I don't really know what the colors should really be, but here is my version.

Respecting the law and enjoying sausage.

Sometimes blissful ignorance is the best route.

It's what's for lunch

Head cheese*. Usually made from a pig's head, but cows are used as well. Head cheese sandwiches were a regular item in my brown bag school lunches, probably because it was cheap. I wonder if it is still available?

*A meat jelly cold cut made with flesh from the head of a calf or pig, or less commonly a sheep or cow, and often set in aspic.

WOW, I really don't know what to say about this one.

This is one of the uhhhh, most difficult?, more powerful?, more unusual? images I have seen on Shorpy in 10 years or so. John Vachon really left us some amazing photography. I've become a big fan of his because of what I've seen on Shorpy. I wish there was a large format book of his work.

Just a hunch.

My guess is this particular photo will not be popping up again in colorized form.

Prettier with a sunflower.

Which one is Elsie?

At first glance

I thought it was a circus carousel melted after a fire. Scary.

Can't unsee this

And I wish I could. It's very sad.


It would be far less spooky if the eyeballs were not still in the heads.

Where Do Slim Jims Come From?

I think I may be getting closer to solving this riddle.


There are SOOOOO many barbacoa tacos just waiting to be cooked, right there!


I love a Big Mac and a great steak as much as the next guy. But, this was a tad shocking and traumatic to see. Wish I could "Un-see" it.

["Shocking and traumatic for YOU??" -- The Cattle]

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