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Askance: 1941

Askance: 1941

August 1941. "Boy who lives in Houghton, Michigan. Copper Range town." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Opie Taylor archetype

That's an all-American good-looking boy, with cute features, great hair, and large hands and feet for an age I assume to be somewhere around seven. Maybe he grew to be tall. I hope the look of consternation on his face is down to a combination of curiosity and squinting into the sun, rather than from cares too great for one so young to bear. And I hope he had enough warm clothing when the Michigan winter came.

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