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Dazey Boy: 1939

Dazey Boy: 1939

October 1939. "Dazey farm. Seventeen year old boy going to feed the pigs. Homedale district, Malheur County, Oregon." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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This would be Eugene Richard Dazey

He was my second cousin once removed. Born Feb. 21, 1922. It looks like he joined the Navy during WW2. He probably has living children. I wonder what they have to say about this picture.

Twenty years later:

Kookie, Kookie (Lend me your comb)

Carrying Posture

I'm not sure why, but when I was a 17 year old farm boy, I too carried heavy buckets the way this young man did. The bucket would rest against the back of my left leg and my right arm would be extended as a counterbalance. Unfortunately, I was not as photogenic as this fellow.

That must have hurt

Already lost half a thumbnail.

Okay Shorpy Gals

It's your turn to comment.

You just know

That WW2 is right around the corner, and insert tediously predictable comment here.

Styles come and go

It took about 30 years for that wide belt with the buckle worn to the side to come back in style, but it most certainly did.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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