“The Farm Was Our Own: Memories of the Irwinville Farms Project” – A Short Film by Erin O’Quinn

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/90821868″>The Farm Was Our Own: Memories of the Irwinville Farms Project</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user26571688″>Erin O’Quinn</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

This is a wonderful tribute to the Irwinville Farms Project! Erin O’Quinn expertly blends archival photographs with the anthem of the Great Depression, Happy Days are Here Again, to set the context and has a great interview with Irwinville Farms resident Edward McIntyre.

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Irwinville Farms Tobacco Barn, Circa 1937, Bradford Farm

Bradford Farm Irwinville Farms GA New Deal Great Depression Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Media Irwinville Farms Website 2014

Irwinville Farms Tobacco Barn © Brian Brown 2014

Steve Mixon suggests that this is likely located on the old Bradford Farm.

To see other images of this barn:

http://vanishingsouthgeorgia.com/2009/02/11/tobacco-barn-big-creek-church-road/

http://vanishingsouthgeorgia.com/2014/02/07/irwinville-farms-tobacco-barn-big-creek-church-road/

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Children at the May Day Picnic, Irwinville, 1939

Irwinville Farms Community Twin Girls Drinking Soda Pop  Photograph by Marion Post Walcott Library of Congress Brian Brown Vanishing Media Irwinville Farms Website 2013

In her book about Irwinville Farms, Joy Wilson McDaniel identifies these twins as Ruby Deen & Francine Thomas. It’s one of my favorite photos from Irwinville.

Children at Irwinville Farms May Day Picnic Photograph by Marion Post Walcott Library of Congress Bian Brown Vanishing Media Irwinville Farms Website 2013

It looks like the children of Irwinville had as much fun as the adults.

Irwinville Farms Community Picnic Young Girls Photograph by Marion Post Walcott Library of Congress Brian Brown Vanishing Media Irwinville Farms Website 2013

These are cataloged as “unidentified” within the Library of Congress Irwinville collection, but since they virtually match other shots from the May Day Picnic of 1939, the assumption of archivists is that they were made the same day.

Marion Post Wolcott/Library of Congress (Spring 1939)

 

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Wilson Farmstead, Irwin County

Home of a tenant farmer who will be resettled Irwinville Farms GA Photograph by Arthur Rothstein Library of Congress Brian Brown Irwinville Farms Website

This was among the most common styles of housing in South Georgia prior to the Great Depression; many structures of this style remain today in various stages of modification. Thanks to Gary McDaniel for identifying this as his grandparents’ home. It was archived as a typical home of an Irwinville Farms client before resettlement. The young boy on the front porch, barely visible on the right, is his uncle, Bill Wilson. Gary’s mother, Joy Wilson McDaniel, is an Irwinville native and the author of the wonderful history: Irwinville Farms Project: The Making of  a Community.

Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress (September 1935)

Here’s a link to the photograph of Bill Wilson:

http://irwinvillega.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/son-of-sharecropper-who-will-be-resettled-on-the-irwinville-farms-project-georgia/

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Farm Client’s Garden

Ethel Pope with FSA Agent Inspecting her Garden Photograph by John Vachon Courtesy Library of Congress Irwinville Farms GA

While men were out tending the fields, women often kept a small produce garden. Here, a client inspects her bountiful work with a home demonstration agent.

Ethel Pope Showing off Her Corn Photograph by John Vachon Courtesy Library of Congress Irwinville Farms GA Great Depression

Ethel Pope in her garden Photograph by John Vachon Courtesy Library of Congress Irwinville GA Great Depression

The photo below is a proof of sorts. I don’t know why they were hole-punched, but quite a few I’ve found recently have this defect. It’s possible that they were rejected by the Washington office and deemed not publishable, for whatever reason, but I really have no idea. It could be that the photographers and/or subjects just didn’t like them for some reason.

Ethel Pope Irwinville Farms GA Photo by John Vachon Courtesy Library of Congress

John Vachon/Library of Congress (May 1938?)

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Irwinville Men on an Ideal Wagon

Two Young Irwinville Men on Ideal Wagon Irwin County GA Photograph John Vachon Library of Congress © Brian Brown/Vanishing Media-Irwinville Farms Website

I don’t have an identification for these gentlemen, but the wagon was sold by I. C. Touchstone of Tifton.

John Vachon/Library of Congress (May 1938)

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Leonard Foster on the Farm

Glendon Foster at Irwinville Farms GA No. 3 Washtubs Farming Life Photo John Vachon Library of Congress © Brian Brown Vanishing Media Irwinville Farms Website

John Vachon/Library of Congress (May 1938)

I first thought this was Glendyon Foster but thanks to Joy Wilson McDaniel I now know it was his brother, Leonard. There may be other photos where I’ve incorrectly identified Leonard as Glendyon. If so, let me know!  He and his family were well-documented by John Vachon during the course of the project. I have another photo from the same day, which is slightly damaged, but I will add it to the post when I’ve finished editing it. How about those No. 3 washtubs? I loved playing in my great-grandmother’s when I was a boy!

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