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Everyman: 1940

Everyman: 1940

May 1940. "Untitled." Mr. U and the rest of the Untitleds somewhere near Durham, North Carolina. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.


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I absolutely love the expressions on everyone's faces. Perfectly captures a family's happy memories at the time of their creation.

If I take one picture this good in my whole life

I'll count it a blessing!

No Droopy Drawers

Couldn't help but notice BOTH suspenders and a belt on the man because I have a similar picture of an uncle from that era where he also is wearing both forms of trouser security. Quite a contrast to the stylin' look today of young mens' pants hanging way down below their underwear. Also the kids don't have IPods, Game boys, cellphones, laptops or twittering equipment. What on earth did they do, look at the scenery and talk to each other? Novel idea, but of course we don't miss what we never had. Still, I bet these kids had more happy memories than the ones today (who are on "peer communication duty" 24/7) will ever have.

Hitting Close to Home

Thanks a bunch, Dave. Great to see some pictures of the Tar Heel State, particularly my home town, the Bull City. I'll bet that daddy there had put in a lot of time in tobacco fields. A great study of the people, but too bad there's not a little more background shown for possible identification of the location. Maybe in front of the Royal Ice Cream Shop on Roxboro Rd.

Love the smiling faces!

Sitting at home with a cold and all kinds of little nagging personal and professional worries, this smiling family gave me a bit lift tonight. Travel in the family car is a simple affair (who needs power brakes, steering, or windows; sunroof; navigation system; DVD for rear seat passengers--much less an automatic transmission), and their happiness radiates through the years. The young man may well have served in WWII before it was over, but those worries are on the horizon.

Yay, Shorpy! A continuing delight....

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