Wednesday, August 27, 2008


This picture shows a Homesteader couple. The picture was taken in 1940 in Pie Town, New Mexico. I think these folks show the true American Spirit.


  1. Pie Town has an interesting history. Worth spending some time Googling. There is still a small settlement there with very hardy people carrying on.

  2. I don't know why, but I really like this picture. In my mind it's almost a work of art.

    While carrying the signs of a life of hard work, they both look young and have a hint of satisfaction in their expressions. Saying this shows the "true American Spirit" is spot-on.

  3. My guess is the woman is abut 23 years old with three kids. You can tell by her hands that she is young.
    Her man is older.They look satisfied with thier lives. Good times and much to look forward to.

  4. You can't always tell a woman's age by her hands, despite the widespread myth that you can.

    If that woman milked cows every day or did any other sort of manual labor, her hands wouldn't cave in as she grew older, because the muscles would be very developed and "plump" them out.

    I know. Had a goat farm for some years, milking twenty-five goats twice a day, and have been making jewelry for thirty years as well. Though I'm very close to fifty, my hands look as young as those in the photo!

  5. Um, I don't think they had color photography technology like that in 1940....nor in 1950...nor 1960......sorry folks.

  6. Actually they did have color technology in 1940. There are some spectacular color photographs of World War II. It was unusual, and most people were not using color film, but the technology had been perfected in the 1930's. I assure you these photographs were taken in the 40's. Thanks for your comment.

  7. PJM, I stand humbly corrected. I hope you dont mind my sharing this blurb about the exhibition and book from which this Library of Congress image comes:

    "*Bound for Glory: America in Color* is the first major exhibition of the little known color images taken by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information (FSA/OWI). Comprised of seventy digital prints made from color transparencies taken between 1939 and 1943, this exhibition reveals a surprisingly vibrant world that has typically been viewed only through black-and-white images."

    I have actually done a lot of photography in my day, and didn't realize this technology was being used so early. Thanks for the lesson of the day!


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