Cutting the pies and cakes at the barbeque dinner, Pie Town, New Mexico Fair (LOC)

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Lee, Russell,, 1903-1986,, photographer.

Cutting the pies and cakes at the barbeque dinner, Pie Town, New Mexico Fair

1940 Oct.

1 slide : color.

Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

Baked products
United States--New Mexico--Pie Town

Format: Slides--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 11671-24 (DLC) 93845501

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Call Number: LC-USF35-358

Olly C, irene_grazi, nabr0n, and 153 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. donovanbeeson 76 months ago | reply
    Great article with the history of Pie Town inspired by these photographs.

  2. Shuey Nio 76 months ago | reply

    People will say how unhealthy the food was back then...but you don't see obese people in these photos.

    Could it be this was a time before our food was injected with so many chemicals?

  3. Vagabond Jewelry (Kest) 64 months ago | reply

    could it be that they couldn't afford to eat regularly?

  4. museumtweets 60 months ago | reply

    This is one of my favorite Russell Lee photos.

  5. Charlotte Keys 60 months ago | reply

    Pie Town, I want to move there.

    What a beautiful photo.

  6. Lú_ 56 months ago | reply

    This photograph is featured in the post Labor Day.

  7. billy_pilgrim 38 months ago | reply

    My great-grandmother made an applesauce cake that looks a lot like that layer cake in the middle background. To those commenting how "there's no obese people in these photos," people generally weren't obese back then because it was the tail-end of the Depression and people were poor and rich food was scarce. And remember these people worked at manual labor. Their kids ran around outside all day because there was nothing fun to do inside. Their lifestyle was very different from ours.

  8. Akirahnu 35 months ago | reply

    love this picture..very nice

  9. Damien Rochford 8 months ago | reply

    These people all look healthy because they ate 'real' food whether poor or not. Not one person is overweight in any of these photos dispite having access to more food than they need.

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