Sunday, March 15, 2015

Appalachian Family



Today's picture shows an Appalachian Family. The picture was taken in 1936 near Marshall, North Carolina. The home looks fairly clean and warm to me.

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  1. When your pictures intrigue me, as this one does, I've started enlarging them to see the detail. It looks like mama and children have cleaned it up--that floor is spotless. At first I thought the handle on the floor was a coal shovel, but looking at it more, I think it might be a "Red Flyer" type wagon, which actually looks pretty new. Could this be a gift from a charitable organization to the kids? It would be practical, as well as a toy, in spite of the steep hills we saw yesterday. The kids could haul groceries and other things home from the store and the local mill, etc. It looks like there is a hall off to the left, with a wooden wall, maybe to the kitchen. This main room is "wallpapered" in cardboard, old newspapers and other pictures. There seem to be at least two beds. In the lower right corner is the edge of an iron bedstead; on the right edge is a narrow bed with the head raised. The window next to it provides light for the room, and while it's bright out, the sun isn't shining directly in. It seems like a fairly warm day, as the minimal curtain is pulled away from the window as if to catch the breeze, and only the boy (?) with the coat is warmly dressed. The fire in the fireplace may be for show as much as for real heat. In winter I wonder if it would be sufficient.There may be a wood or coal stove in the kitchen, that we don't see. The floor, in addition to being clean, looks to be quite sturdy--no obvious cracks or holes to let in winter winds. I notice also two clocks on the mantel. By the lower bed is a trunk with straps, like those immigrants brought with them on ships. I wonder how many generations ago this family arrived in North Carolina. They seem like a loving family, even if they are poor, and they take care of what minimal belongings they have.

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    1. Judging by your glowing assessment, methinks you might think it's good enough for you to live in.

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  2. Nicer accommodations than my grandmother in New Mexico had at about this same year.

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    1. At least we have red & green chile in New Mexico to help keep warm in winter - HA!

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  3. You're kidding right? All those newspapers stuck on the walls were to prevent the icy winds of winter from blasting straight through the place.

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