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Summertime: 1900

Summertime: 1900

Circa 1900. Our next stop in Grosse Ile, Michigan: "Cabin at Rio Vista." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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One vote for Leafosaurus

Definitely some Virginia creeper leaves.

Leafosaurus on the windowsill?

Sure looks like a cat to me!

Potatoes, as far as I can tell.

Spaced a bit too far apart in the row, but it's easier to hack weeds that way. Growing a winter supply of spuds by hand is tough, but the option is serious hunger.

"Local Food" people, of which I am one -- I also grow organic veggies for a living -- should remember how scarce and weakly nourishing a truly local food supply can be if that's all you have.

What's on the window sill?

It looks like a toy dinosaur. Did they even have those back then?

[It's a Leafosaurus. - Dave]

Ahhhh

Southern Michigan Summertime!

Speculation

The boys are just a mite too well dressed to be sharecroppers. Dad probably owns the farm and they and the dog are taking advantage of a photo op with a then 150 year old cabin (give or take a decade).

Li'l Abner slept here

Hoo-wee! That house looks like something out of Dogpatch.

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