Friday, June 3, 2011

Drought Refugees



Today's picture is from 1936, and it shows drought refugees from the Dust Bowl. Many families had to leave Oklahoma, and ended up in California looking for work. This picture was taken near Bakersfield. The photographer reported seeing 28 cars like this, all packed down, in a 45 minute period. Desperate people moving from place to place looking for a job.

DOMESTIC UPDATE:

Yesterday I reported that Lovie had renegotiated the 7-1 split of the chickies, and she had taken over all 8 of them, and she let Miss Kitty be "Assistant Mother". Basically Miss Kitty could stand around in the Peacock Palace and help Lovie if any help was needed.

Today I must sadly report that Lovie decided she no longer needed any help from Miss Kitty, and she has kicked her out of the Peacock Palace. Now it is Lovie and the 8 pea-chickies all to themselves. Miss Kitty just stands around outside looking sad, like she is saying, "what happened to my babies?" (In cases such as this, I have always wondered whether the question mark goes inside or outside the quotation mark.)

16 comments:

  1. English not my mother-tongue but I always thought that "it is like that!!!!!"

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  2. Dust bowl conditions were not just bad for your wallet. They were bad for your health. Lots of adults and children succumbed to respiratory complications from the dust. I wonder how many of these refugees wound up as much needed workers in west coast navy yards or aircraft factories during the war.

    John

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  3. When I was an school, the quotation marks when outside if the entire phrase was a quote. "I wonder where he went?"

    If the quote was only part of a sentence, the quotation marks went inside. Jim told me, "I think I left my sweater on the sofa".

    Someplace along the line the "experts" changed it, but darned if I can remember what - or why.

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  4. Lady Anne,
    So I am not the only one confused by that one.
    PJM

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  5. Merle Haggard and Buck Owens were a couple of dust bowl refugees that landed in CA. I had an Uncle who rode the freights to CA. to keep from starving. He worked on the farms for a couple of years before returning to Texas.

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  6. Merle Haggard and Buck Owens were a couple of dust bowl refugees that landed in CA. I had an Uncle who rode the freights to CA. to keep from starving. He worked on the farms for a couple of years before returning to Texas.

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  7. Al - a slight correction. Merle Haggard is from Bakersfield - Oildale actually. Buck is an adopted son of Bakersfield. We're both puffed up proud of both of them.

    Each year there is a celebration at one of the old migrant camps (Grapes of Wrath). You can learn more about it here:
    http://www.weedpatchcamp.com/index.htm

    PJM - Keep that question mark tucked in between the quotation marks. Have you washed your cars and windows yet?

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  8. Really I don't think it makes much difference any more if you punctuate correctly or not. People keep using some words incorrectly (There, Their & they're)and it doesn't seem to bother anyone (but Me).

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  9. I always thought the quotes go outside the punctuation mark. Made sense to me since the puncuation is part of the sentence. Hmmmm... To expand on Elsie's statement, these days if you use quotes at all you are considered a grammer expert.

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  10. I'm thinking that the question mark should go inside as it is part of the original quote. But, not being an English major, what do I know! LOL

    MT C

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  11. Because Miss Kitty is "asking" the question, the way you punctuated is correct.

    Poor Miss Kitty, it must be terrible for a mother to lose her children.

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  12. what a clear, detailed photo after all these years. I have photos that my Grandmother took and deveoped from the 1920s and 30s that are more clear and sharper than any photo since. This is a great pic.

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  13. Poor Miss Kitty. I bet she is confused. You have quite a Peafowl group! :)

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  14. It is a shame to see the end of photo film. The old photos I have taken with a simple box camera a hundred years ago are so much better than the digital pictures taken today. The old black and white photos have something that color does not. Reality! I still use my 120 or 35mm. But it is harder to get the black and white developed into good photos. They are now mostly grey and greyer.

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  15. If you are really interested, some simple rules are here:

    http://grammar.about.com/od/punctuationandmechanics/tp/quotemarks.htm

    more complete rules here:

    http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/quotes.asp

    and it matters if you are using modern (American) English or worn out (British) English. With the former, commas and periods always inside the innermost quotation mark. With the latter, always outside the outtermost.

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  16. re the quotation mark- I agree with Knucklehead- it depends which side of the pond you are on. I just read an online article about this argument (cant find it now.... grrr!)but it essentially said that either is correct. Inside is American, outside is British, and either is ok :)

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