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Our House: 1940

Our House: 1940

April 1940. "Children living in shacktown along Mississippi River bottom. Dubuque, Iowa." Acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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I've got my eye on you

I know he's only shy of Mr. Vachon, but in my mind, the boy is hiding from a female who has come right up into the yard to pursue him -- for whatever reason. The big sisters have arranged themselves into a formidable barrier, but the hunted male cannot help taking a furtive peek from behind their skirts at his would-be nemesis. If the uninvited had any sense, after seeing the looks on the faces of her prey's womenfolk, she'd be two counties away by the time the girls -- especially that little one -- stepped down out of the doorway to take care of business.

Photographic evidence

Finally! Photographic evidence of a family with the statistical 2.5 kids.


I love the little cactus patch on her apron. Sure hope these kids found their way to a better life before long.

I See You!

You won't be able to hide behind your sister forever, buddy! Uncle Sam's going to need you soon--probably in Korea. You look a little too young to go to Germany or Japan just yet!

Don't look behind you!

If you look at the feet there appears to be three people standing in the doorway. The third is wearing shoes and pants. But only two girls appear above the knee.

How strange

Two girls and six legs. If you look closely you can see little brother peeking out under Sister's arm.

Love the little fella peeking around her dress

I wonder why he's hiding?

Third pair of eyes

My mother said: modest clothes, but clean clothes.

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