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Summertime: 1936

Summertime: 1936

August 1936. "Scenes at the auto trailer camp. Dennis Port, Mass." 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Film Speed

I thought the film speed would have been quite slow in the mid 1930s, but in order to catch a woman in "mid sneeze" the film would have to be fairly quick.

What would be the equivalent ISO of the film?

[Even 20 years earlier, emulsions were fast enough to freeze a baseball. - Dave]

Holiday or home?

"Resettlement Administration" huh? Was this a camping trip or is this one of the displaced families of the Depression?

[These are people on vacation. - Dave]

Ma either knitting or crocheting; I can't see her other hand so I can't tell. Looks like a baby garment of some kind.

Are we having fun yet?

Even though many camping aficionados continually go on at great length about the liberating and freeing effects of "camping out," I personally would rather stay in a cubicle with indoor plumbing, electricity and air conditioning, sheltered from all manner of flying and crawling things, sleep indoors without sharing my bed with nocturnal creatures, snakes, tarantulas and what-have-you and be protected from the wind, rain and other inclement weather. Plus, how long can you look at the sky and sit in a canvas chair, eat canned beans and keep repeating the same conversation. I know we are all different, but for me, camping for more than a few hours would be a severe punishment. It's like saying "hey kids, we are going to pack all our necessities into this big storage bin and go live in the woods like an animal for a while."


I think Ma is telling the little one to get away from that rope or everything is going to come tumbling down.

Sure looks like Cape Cod

Lots of scrub pine and lots of sand. What you can't see are the horseflies, greenheads and ticks - but don't let them stop you; the Cape is a Summer fun-derland!


Ma seems to be caught in mid-sneeze.

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