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My Ears Are Burning: 1940

My Ears Are Burning: 1940

July 1940. "Spanish-American boy eating sweet corn which he has roasted on top of hot stove. Chamisal, New Mexico." Photo by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Roast 'n ears

My father (1898-1958) called them.

Jarring season

I wonder what's in the pressure cooker.

Apricots maybe? Guessing from the jars that are already done? Are there that many apricot trees in NM?

Good Eats

This young man's family may not have much (search LOC and you'll find a picture of them) but he seems to be happy. More than likely about the sweet corn he is heating and eating. I remember eating corn this way as a kid, but I was not as lucky as this young man to be able to cook it myself. I was given the job of cleaning up, not cooking.

On the Mend

Cool patch on the inside of the boy’s pant leg. Very extensive, too, from just above the ankle to above the knee. And the basic serviceable sewing job looks like something I would do. Not what you’d call invisible stitching.

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