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Tater Tots: 1940

Tater Tots: 1940

October 1940. "Mr. Lawrence J. Brown, Aroostook potato farmer, operates a small seed foundation unit in Eagle Lake, Maine. His three sons and one hired man do all the work. The little boy on the left picked fourteen barrels of potatoes before lunch." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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The Tablecloth

Must have been some premium offered by Homer Laughlin (Fiestaware). Check out the classic Pitcher.

Where the flies are

As someone who witnessed flypaper in actual use as a child, I want to point out the reason that well populated strip of flypaper is over the kitchen table is because that's where the flies are going to gather -- where you eat. If you put it in the corner it won't be as effective and you'll be swatting at flies throughout your meal.

Clean floor

The cat is keeping the new floor clean and tidy. He also looks well nourished.

Nice clean floor

Looks like new linoleum. Also, I hope that fly strip is securely fastened or that guy's going to have a plateful of insects with his lunch.

Fly Galore

Looks like a very efficient fly catcher hanging from the ceiling!

Extra protein?

The kitchen table might not be the best place for the hanging fly paper.

The thumbtack looks touchy

One more bug and Dad will be wearing the flypaper as a headband.

Child Labor

What looks to be a 10 year old boy doing 14 barrels of potatoes before lunch would be abusive child labor today, by Western world standards. Nicely clean house and children, though, compared to other farmhouse photos we see from the period.

That fly strip

is full.

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