Category Archives: Irwinville Farming

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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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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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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James McDuffie’s Farm at Irwinville

James MacDuffie's Two Horse Farm Unit at Irwinville Farms Cornfield Great Depression Photographer John Vachon May 1938 Library of Congress © Vanishing Media Irwinville Farms Website USA 2013

John Vachon/Library of Congress (May 1938)

The McDuffie family were among the most-documented families on the Irwinville Farms Project. This is the image used on the site header.

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Cultivating Tobacco at Irwinville Farms

Cultivating Tobacco on one of the Irwinvlle Farms GA Great Depression Folklife Agriculture Photographer John Vachon May 1938 Library of Congress © Vanishing Media Irwinville Farms Website Georgia

John Vachon/Library of Congress (May 1938)

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Chester Foster with Home-Cured Meats

Chester Foster with Home Cured Meats Photographer John Vachon May 1938 Library of Congress © Vanishing Media Irwinville Farms Website 2013

John Vachon/Library of Congress (May 1938)

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