James McDuffie Demonstrates Traditional Plowing

James McDuffie Harnessing Mules Irwinville Farms GA Photo Arthur Rothstein Courtesy Library of Congress Irwinvile Farms Website

These images are part of a series made by Arthur Rothstein, likely for use in a feature that was published later in 1938 in Progressive Farmer magazine. Along with Chester Foster’s family, the McDuffie family was the best-documented of the entire project.

James McDuffie Plowing His Cornfield at Irwinville Farms GA Photo Arthur Rothstein Courtesy Library of Congress Irwinville Farms Website

James McDuffie Plowing Cornfield Irwinville Farms GA Photo Arthur Rothstein Courtesy Library of Congress Irwinville Farms Website

James McDuffie In Cornfield Irwinville Farms GA Photo Arthur Rothstein Courtesy Library of Congress Irwinville Farms Website

James McDuffie Plowing at Irwinville Farms GA Photo Arthur Rothstein Courtesy Library of Congerss Irwinville Farms Website

Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress (May 1938)

 

 

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Baseball at Irwinville Farms

Pitching at Baseball Game Irwinville Farms GA Photograph by John Vachon Courtesy Library of Congress

In a previous post I discussed the popularity of baseball at Irwinville Farms. This group of photographs represents a cache of lesser-known images, outtakes that weren’t chosen or approved for publication for one reason or another. I think they are as interesting as the better-known images. Identifications of players or people are welcome.

People Watching Baseball Game at Irwinville Farms GA Photograph John Vachon Courtesy Library of Congress Irwinville Farms Website

Playing Baseball at Irwinville Farms GA Chester Foster Batting Photograph John Vachon Courtesy Library of Congress Irwinville Farms Website

Chester Foster batting. (Above)

Playing Baseball Batter at Irwinville Farms GA Photograph John Vachon Courtesy Library of Congress Irwinville Farms Website

George Clements is seen in the background above, and batting, below. Thanks to Pam Bishop Johnson for the identification.

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John Vachon/May 1938 (Library of Congress)

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Blacksmith at Irwinille

Blacksmith Irwinville GA Photo by Arthur Rothstein August 1935 Library of Congress Brian Brown Irwinville Farms Website

This gentleman is not identified but is thought to have been photographed in the earliest days of the Irwinville Farms Project.

Blacksmith Wagoner Irwinville GA Photo by Arthur Rothstein August 1935 Library of Congress Brian Brown Irwinville Farms Website

Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress (August 1935)

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Chester Foster Driving Home His Cattle

Chester Foster Driving Home His Cattle Irwinville Farms GA May 1938 Photograph by  John Vachon Library of Congress Irwinville Farms Website 2014

John Vachon/Library of Congress (May 1938)

 

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“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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Children at the May Day Picnic, Irwinville, 1939

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.

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

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:

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

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