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Yard Man: 1942

Yard Man: 1942

May 1942. Yes, it's this guy again, somewhere in Grand Island, Nebraska, snapped by John Vachon for reasons unknown. Cinch up that tie and get back to work! View full size.


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Vachon in Nebraska, May, 1942

Based on Vachon’s letter to his wife of May 8, 1942, this could have been shot on a one-week trip to Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte, and Scott’s Bluff, assuming he left on the 9th. He was working out of Lincoln for a while and seemed a bit dissatisfied with what he was being expected to shoot.

“Next week will work out OK, and produce, because I’ll be alone, but it won’t be what these boys [note: local FSA types, not Stryker back at FSA in D.C.] expect for me to get, and I fear for after I get back.”

Vachon thought they were expecting “a picture of a cow and a farmer’s new barn.” I think we’ve seen here that John Vachon was looking for, and shooting, something else. Thank goodness.

(John Vachon’s America, page 209)

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