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Hill of Beans: 1940

Hill of Beans: 1940

September 1940. Saint Mary's County, Maryland. "Mrs. Eugene Smith, FSA borrower, canning string beans." Photo by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Good design does not need to change

I've got a stainless steel slicer/shredder virtually identical to the one hanging above the stove I bought recently - without the wooden handle. Made in China, of course.

The smell

I haven't messed with string beans in over 40 years but I know exactly what this kitchen smells like. The aroma stayed on your fingers for days.

The oven is tired, but --

Mrs. Smith does appear to have a new canning pot, so there's that.

That poor old stove

Mrs. Smith's stove has seen so many years of work, the oven door is baling wired on. Look at the lower right, a cobble of wire and whatnot to keep it snugged in place.

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