Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Homesteader

Rural America week continues here at OPOD. Today we feature a picture of a homesteader from Pie Town, New Mexico. The picture was taken in 1940, and the country was emerging from the Great Depression. His jacket and clothes appear to be in pretty good shape, but his hat has seen better days.

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  1. Great photo. I love the color and the details in the picture.

    This guy looks a lot like my brother-in-law.

    Notice the cigarette. Everyone smoked back then.

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  2. Never give up your favorite hat until it falls to pieces from your head!

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  3. PJM, thanks for posting these. Jack Delano is one of my favorite photographers.

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  4. His clothes look clean and mended, probably his Sunday best.

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  5. His clothes are much mended! Remember the days when our jeans had patches because we MENDED them, not because they were sold that way?
    Am I giving away my age with that statement? :-)

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  6. i am loving these old west pictures you are sharing these last few days♥

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  7. I notice there are not too many fat people in these pictures, like we have today.

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  8. "squeaky": the 40s followed the hungry depression era of the 30s. Perhaps people were still minding their portions to save resources for a rainy day....or perhaps they were working really hard and healthy which is good for the metabolism... Wonder if we'll see a slimmer decade upcoming?

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  9. These pictures in Pie Town look to have beentaken on or about the same day based on the weather. Everytime I have been in New Mexico it has been snowing or bright and sunny.

    Great pics, PJM.

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  10. I don't know about city folks back then, but in the farming country, we had vegetable gardens. We ate healthier food and walked everywhere.We canned the vegetables, made our own bread and killed what meat we had, be it a hog, chicken or some wild game.It was nothing to walk 2 miles to visit grandma on a Sunday.

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  11. What a great photo. It's one of those that pulls you in and makes you wonder about the life of the subject. I wonder if he was poor or just frugal. Besides his worn hat, his jacket arm seam is split, his shirt is tattered and mended, and all of his buttons are broken (look at the vest and jacket). I wonder if he cared? Life was certainly different back then. People appreciated what they had. Today, we don't even bother to mend our clothes; we just buy new ones. I miss the old days... a simpler way of life.

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