15 April 2009

Home Sweet Home

From 1935 to 1944, the Farm Security Administration hired photographers to document the effects of the Depression on rural households and communities. This image, from 1939, suggests a turning point had been reached; while the counters [and perhaps cupboards] were bare, the pride of place is evident in the spotless room. Note the single tap at the sink—cold water only.

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  1. the ceiling is tiled. oh, that is awesome!

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  2. i was taken by the generous size of the kitchen [particularly since the photo doesn't show the oven], and the paucity of utensils, and appliances visible in the photograph.

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  3. I would guess the photographer's flash is the most light the kitchen ever had, possessing a single bare light bulb hanging from the (beautiful) tiled ceiling. I wonder if kitchens were positioned for morning light or evening light.

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  4. To illuminate [ahem] the subject further, I understand that any electrical accessories [in themselves a luxury] had to be plugged directly into the hanging socket—no wall outlets, as you can see.

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