Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Fair's in Town!







It's fair time all over the country...these pictures are from the 30's and 40's...more the kind of fair we used to have in at the old Fair Grounds in Athens, Georgia. I remember flipping nickles on a 5 foot square of Lucky Strike cigarettes at a "hawkers" booth, hoping to win a pack so we could smoke one out by the cow barns. I lost a quarter. 

The girlie shows were taboo, but we all went to see the "drummer" hawk the show, and the brief appearance of a couple of "show" girls likwe the ones above. 

I had nothing to do with rides! I get sick as a dog thinking about a Tilt=A-Whirl or the Octopus or the infamous Bullets shown in the photo!

Enjoy the pictures, they are from the Vermont State Fair in Rutland Vermont in 1941, the year I was born. These pix are some of the first color photographs, and come from a collection of government sponsored works in the 30's and 40's. Thank goodness someone in government believes in the value of art...these were not easy to capture with the technology of the day...just hope history does repeat itself...to an earlier, simpler time...these folks were privy to the end of an era...as WWII was just starting and nothing would ever be the same...literally.

 Link below thanks to daughter Jessie...who has a good eye for a photo herself. Take a look at the whole collection...these are a sample of the pix that caught me by surprise.

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/collections/72157601355524315/

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