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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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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