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Pride of Plates: 1940

Pride of Plates: 1940

August 1940. "Daughter of Mormon farmer putting away dishes in kitchen cabinet. Box Elder County, Utah." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Judy / Sonja

The combination of ankle socks plus patent-leather shoes makes me think of Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz.

The graceful stance makes me think of Sonja Henie, to choose the leading figure skater of that era. Although we can't see the girl's face very well, she does look a bit like Sonja.

1930s Kitchens

I grew up in the 1970s, but nothing in a kitchen like this looks that foreign to me. Whether from a grandparents' house or visiting a hunting cabin or two. The people of the Depression did not get rid of anything.

Back Pain

It's painful to see a counter with apparently no space under the cabinets for toes to slip under.

Now I See

Why there are so many Mormons. Wow!

Head to Toe

I love her snood; always wished they would have come back into style, but my mom would have killed me if I got all that mud on my patent leather shoes. And the socks???

Chantilly lace

She had pretty legs, a pretty waist, pretty hair, and a pretty face. And she knew all of the above, and I hope used it to her advantage for the rest of her life.

The Egg and I

The cabinetry could use some TLC, But I do like the slide out work surface/cutting board. She seems overdressed for kitchen duty.

A Very Brady Doppelganger

She's a dead ringer for Marsha Brady, don't you think?

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