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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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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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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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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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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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