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Plains Farmstead In Winter, 1920s.
A plains farmstead in the middle of winter, Model T parked outside. 1920s.
Threshing Oats, 1942
Note reads, “Threshing oats at home. November 1942.” If you’re in west-central Minnesota, go see this done live at Rollag starting today.
Shady Side of the House, 1930s
No A/C, no electric fans, the shady side of the house is the place to spend a sunny afternoon. 1930s (more)
Norwegian Homesteader, 1910s
A woman and two children, outside a wooden farmhouse and near an enormous firewood pile. From a photo postcard, 1910s.
Hired farmhands, 1940s (more)
Easter In the 1920s
The 1920s send their wishes you a Happy Easter! In this photo, younger versions of the people seen in the Minnesota photo negative set show their Easter morning discoveries. I just hope nobody bumps that kid in the middle too hard.
A Sea Of Hats: Farm Foreclosure Sale
This image, one of two captioned “At Uncle Nick’s Auction,” shows a common sight around the rural USA during the 1930s. No, not just a crowd of fedoras and paperboy hats (although those were quite common, especially at the employment office or the bread lines). Farm foreclosures were driven by the Great Depression, a sluggish […]
Sittin’ on Grandpa
On a hot summer day, sittin’ on grandpa is the funnest thing for a pixie-cut girl to do. This photo hails from the late 1930s in rural Minnesota, and is the kind of candid real-life photo you hope to see out of dozens of posed, dour pictures of family members. It’s also a part of […]
Laziness and the P.W.A.
In 1933, the US government starting putting a large amount of money into public works, helping the economy, building communities, and keeping people working. The PWA, or Public Works Administration, did a lot of high-profile work, but the PWA helped communities and projects of all sizes. This picture was captioned “P.W.A. Workers” — however, they […]