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Dilapidated: 1936

Dilapidated: 1936

July 1936. Washington, Pennsylvania. "Old age." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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A cautionary tale

A reminder of what life was like before Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, rural electrification, unemployment insurance, road-, bridge- and dam-building projects, and all those other "job-killing" federal programs.

Bessie & Dude

Sister Bessie & Dude! - what great Erskine Caldwell characters - if you've never read Jeeter's story - you'll never really understand the South of the 1920s...
And, of course, Caldwell would have seen many, many similar pictures - he was married to an equally talented New Deal photographer. Hats off for your great quote!


Who's dilapidated, the house or the man?

[Both. - Dave]

My retirement plan

How's your IRA doing? Mine looks like this.

Thanks for the reminder

I just made an appointment with the termite inspector.


A catnap in the warm sun can heal a lot of ills. Great pic.

Close Race

Looks to be a close race between the life of the house and the life of its occupant. I wouldn't put my money on either one. A sad picture indeed.

The house

That gentlemen and his house both look like they had a long and hard life ... oh the stories they could tell!


I swear I used to own that chair.

Jeeter Lester

This gentleman reminds me of Jeeter Lester in Tobacco Road. Sister Bessie said to Cousin Jeeter when Dude smashed up the fender on his new car: "It don't hurt the runnin' of it none!" It looks like the dilapidated porch don't hurt the settin' on it none.

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