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A Poor Diet: 1936

A Poor Diet: 1936

December 1936: "Christmas dinner in home of Earl Pauley near Smithfield, Iowa. Dinner consisted of potatoes, cabbage and pie." Nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security AdministrationView full size.


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Not exactly Norman Rockwell

But a beautiful family all the same.

Christmas of 2009

As sad as that looks, I know that many families will be having that for Christmas this year (2009) I know that the local food banks are starting to ration and even turn needy families away.

I pray this recession is over soon. I don't know how our family is going to fare. For this Christmas I lost my job and I don't know how long I will have before things start to go. One thing for sure, my internet access will be the first to go, then perhaps phone service, but I'll try to do what I can to keep food on the table and shoes on the kids' feet.

Cream Separator

When I lived in Iowa, I noticed an awful lot of folks used those cream separators as lawn ornaments.

Am I the only person who noticed the coffee can?

Biscuits Too.

There's a pan of biscuits there as well. Those kids actually looked relatively well nourished for the time. they are bright eyed and bushy tailed (so to speak).

Re: The Invisible Cat

The "press like thing" is a cream separator, not a still. "Poppa" is a farmer.

The Invisible Cat

Anyone notice the invisible cat behind the boy next to that press like thing (a still)? It seems to be pretty interested in something to the left off camera. Judging by the shoes and pants, I'd say it is a boy in the corner, next to the oldest girl. Then it looks like the older boy next to the baby girl standing on the soap box. Looks like poppa has a job of some sort.. he hangs his lunchbox on the wall behnid them when he's not at work.

I think the eldest in the

I think the eldest in the corner looks pretty happy about her pie, and the baby on the box makes me grin with that cute hair!!
What a great picture.

The worst thing is like many

The worst thing is like many of us this was probably one of the better meals of the year. Back in these days the fact that the kids are clothed and getting pie is pretty good. Still sad looking back on this from today.

Christmas Dinner

And kids today think they have it tough

In 1936 many were in such

In 1936 many were in such straits. It would be interesting to know how these children fared in later life. They don't seem as sad as we are for them.
Let's go out and feed some of the poor that we still have with us here and abroad.

I bet that pie tasted sweet

I bet that pie tasted sweet though

Christmas Dinner

It's sad

Christmas Dinner

Makes me want to cry.

- Calli.

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