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Our Daily Bird: 1942

Our Daily Bird: 1942

May 1942. "Lancaster County, Nebraska. Mrs. Lynn May, FSA borrower, cleaning a chicken." Our second look at this lady and that kid. Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Appreciate all the comments

I agree with Kilroy, the photo shows Marlynn and his mother, Madge. Marlynn is emeritus professor at Texas A&M and father Herman Lynn May lived to age 78.

I appreciate all the comments in the Shorpy community, even (maybe especially) those I disagree with. A goal for this year is to broaden and improve my worldview and work harder to understand opposing opinions. I like to think I am highly educated, accepting, nonjudgmental, and inclusive. It turns out I am a privileged white Detroit girl with a case of confirmation bias.

Madge and Marlynn

If the 1940 US Census is correct, you're looking at Marlynn May and his mother, Madge.

There he is again

That ethereal child, bathed in that milky light. Mr. Vachon was a true artist.

Pin feathers and pin curls

Although everything about this mother and her task appear so old-timey – her dress, her hair, her glasses, her kitchen chore – there’s nothing at all old about her. I’ll bet she’s still in her twenties.

Least favorite part of cleaning a chicken

I wasn't sure before, but it's clear now Mrs. Lynn May is pulling the pin feathers. Times the six chickens that I count makes for some tedious preparation. If it were me that milk would have vodka in it.

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