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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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Baseball at Irwinville Farms

Baseball was the most popular game in town when these images were made, before the meteoric rise of the Irwinville Farmers basketball teams of the 1940s. The first two of these images are among my favorite from the entire Irwinville Farms archive and have achieved widespread popularity among fans of FSA photography.

According to Zoe Hobby:  “The manager on the far left in the top photo is Jim (James) McDuffie, my grandfather. He was not actually a member of the team, according to his son, Bob McDuffie. They needed an extra man for the picture, so he jumped in to fill the spot.”

Above Images:  John Vachon/Library of Congress. (May 1938)

A less-organized but equally fun pick-up game was captured a year later during the May Day-Health Day festival. All three of the following images were made by Marion Post-Walcott in May 1939 and courtesy of the Library of Congress.

“Baseball game after May Day-Health Day festivities at Irwinville Farms, Georgia.”

Above Images:  Marion Post-Wolcott/Library of Congress. (May 1939)

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Prize-winning Babies at May Day-Health Program

Marion Post-Wolcott/Library of Congress. (May 1939)

One of the great strives made by the Farm Security Administration (FSA) was the introduction of improved health care. This was particularly important in regards to obstetrics, and was readily embraced by most mothers, who previously had received little, if any care during their pregnancies.

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