Category Archives: FSA Photographer John Vachon

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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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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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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Scene at Irwinville, 1938

Scene of Log Farmhouse at Irwinville GA Folk Life Vernacular Architecture Photographer John Vachon Library of Congress © Brian Brown Vanishihg Media Irwinville Farms Website 2013

John Vachon/Library of Congress (May 1938?)

This was made in 1938 but there’s no further identifying information. The log house is typical of the time, as well as the chinaberry tree in the dirt yard. It was likely made on the “outskirts” of Irwinville.

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Father & Daughter at the Irwinville Farms Project Office

Father Daughter at Irwinville Farms Project Office Straw Hat Overalls Southern Folklife Great Depression Photographer John Vachon Library of Congress May 1938 © Brian Brown Vanishing Media Irwinville Farms Website

This was made by John Vachon in May 1938, along with several other photographs of farmers from the project. I do not know the identity of these two, who appear to be a father and daughter. Hopefully someone will know.

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