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Pit Crew: 1940

Pit Crew: 1940

August 1940. "Port Gibson, Mississippi." Medium-format nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Family picture

This picture is my dad. We have this picture in my dad's things. It was taken in front of my grandparents house. I have seen it other places and have seen that it is the cover of the UK version of the help. My question is, how did it get out there? We don't mind just have always wondered. Any help would be great. - thanks!

[The photo was taken for the Farm Security Administration, a U.S. Government agency. Their files and photographs are archived at the Library of Congress, and are in the public domain. The record and high-resolution scan of this particular negative can be found at the LOC via this link. -tterrace]


My stroller (late '40s) was very similar. My father told me that once when he took me to the grocery store, the owner commented on how well behaved I was, compared to when I was with my mom: "When he's with your wife, he's out of that stroller and into everything." That's because my dad tied my shoelaces together.

Taylor Tiny Tots

Don't know for sure if that is what I had when I was under 2 years old -- born in 1942. Mine was a light blue color and may have had some modifications due to the war effort. I know my first tricycle had no rubber on the wheels because of materials needed in World War II.

Marion Post Wolcott Fan

Marion had the eye of an artist and the mind of a scholar. She's packed a lot of history into a deceptively simple image. It's a trick that she pulled off time and again. Click on her name above the photo for more. You'll see what I mean.

Apron Chic

All good aprons are pinned. Straps are for scullery maids and butchers.

Junior's buggy

They are called Taylor Tiny Tots. Four swivel wheels, a push handle that can be removed, and a custom owner operated steering wheel. When Junior gets older, you remove the steel belly pan and the handle, and he can operate it by himself. A smart invention.

Street View

So much that is interesting in this picture -- the pushcart stroller, the saddle oxfords, and the unique apron, which must have been pinned to the girl's bodice, since it has no ties. A perfect slice-of-life picture.

Ms. Maybelline

Just finished reading "The Help" -- a portrait straight from the book. Nurse and maid? They must be pretty far from the house, the maid has got those hot scratchy hose rolled all the way down to her ankles.

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