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Old 09-03-2013, 11:00 PM   #21
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Man! Notice how many fatties there were back then? No?

The flower sack dress girls reminded me of one of the last scenes in 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou'.

Noticed the lack of ironing - much of the clothing looked right off the clothes line, with the standard cotton wrinkles. The kids, and many of the adults, had a grubby, been outside doing stuff all day look. That last picture of the carbon black factory worker was incredible.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:17 PM   #22
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Man! Notice how many fatties there were back then? No?
You could always post a photo of yourself and give them something to strive for.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:21 AM   #23
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Man! Notice how many fatties there were back then? No?
Look for the swells in the nice suits and hats, not the working stiffs. You had to be pretty well off to get the excess calories, along with holding a physically undemanding job to develop that large belt size.

Also note the lack of Golden Arches and Big Gulps... You couldn't get Krispy Kreme donuts until 1937, and packaged beer (cans and bottles) didn't really take off until 1940, the year that the "original recipe" Kentucky Fried Chicken Chicken was developed by Harland Sanders.

Good grief...
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Wonderful pictures.

It does remind of the line that I've heard very often when talking to members of the Greatest Generation.

"We were really poor, but everybody else was poor so we didn't know it"
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My father told very few stories from his childhood in the 30's and 40's small-town Texas. Over time, I came to realize there weren't many stories worth telling. Growing up in a single-parent household during hard times fostered self-sufficiency and a drive to succeed, not nostalgia.
I too come from parents that grew up in the depression(born in 1917), in a horrible place that was home to mine fires. As a little kid when we went back there I really thought they were taking us to hell.

My Grandmother was widowed in 1929, leaving her with 3 children to support. She became a business woman, when there were very few. Not that they were well off, but compared to many, they mostly went to bed having food to eat.

I've recently learned more about her( we lost both my wonderful Grandmothers when I was 6 or 7) what a wonderful, strong, caring, loving woman she was. So for me there are memories of my depression era family that are fond to remember.

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You could always post a photo of yourself and give them something to strive for.
I'm a tall scrawny dude, more of the snake swallowed a basketball shape. No chance I'd keep up with any of the workers pictured. I used to have a guy working with me who was pretty much the late 1930's body shape and size. Not a whiz in the brains region but a hard hard worker. Might have tipped the scales at 140, but it was amazing what he could hump. Tough sumbitch.

just 1960-2002 body changes:
1960-2002 Americans Getting Taller, Bigger, Fatter, Says CDC
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