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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2 responses to “Farm Client’s Garden

  1. Some pictures were hole-punched because the director of the Photo Unit of the Historical Section, Roy Stryker, “killed” the photographs he did not want in “the file” (that’s what Stryker and the photographers called the growing collection of FSA photos). Now, with PhotoShop, many of these images may be restored and used.

    • Thanks, Ann! So good to hear from you. I figured it was something like that. I’ve actually been able to “restore” a few that I’ve used here, but this was a tough one. Still, it’s wonderful to be able to share these after all these years!

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