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Dishpan Hans: 1937

Dishpan Hans: 1937

September 1937. Effie, Minnesota. "Washing dishes in lumber camp." Medium format negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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More than just "pride"

I think he probably had a lot of "Pride and Joy" in his work.

I'll show my son this!

My 16 YO son works at a restaurant where he usually has to wash dishes. He does it using modern equipment, of course, but is still much happier when they let him do something else. I think maybe this picture might help him feel like he doesn't have it so bad, though! I wonder how many hours this poor young man had spent standing in front of that sink, and how many he still had to go!

Obvious Statement

Unless Dave is reviewing a similar comment not yet posted, let me be the first to note that:

This young man has a lot of Pride (tm) in his work.

[You may groan now]

All I can make out on the boxes is Pride Washing Powder. Performing a quick search online I found nothing - but Dave found the following images:

Gotta say

That he's a fellow with a lot of Pride in his work.

Who made this mess?

There are only about 90 people in Effie. Must have been more in 1937, when there were still trees to cut.

[This was a lumber camp near the town. The lumberjack population being somewhat transient. - Dave]

Definition of Rustic

Wow! Now that's a no-frills setup. I'd give my last molar to get a glimpse in the "sink." What do you want to bet he's got a couple of wash tubs in there? Nary a speck of porcelain in sight.

[Except on all those dishes. - Dave]

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It looks like he had to do a lot of washing by the amount of dishes in the picture.


Tacked up on the window frame just above his head is a rather bawdy picture of a young lady.

Maybe she is his only company in the kitchen, besides all those huge coffee pots hanging up. Seeing all those big coffee pots makes me want a good cup of coffee too.

Behind in his work

At least when the young man tired of scrubbing, he could look up and see the nice view! *wink*, *wink*

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