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The year is 1939. Here’s another slice of 1930s-’40s American Gothic life courtesy of U.S. Farm Security Administration photographer, Marion Post Wolcott. Sometimes the most unassuming images tell us more about life – than all the carefully-staged photo-statements combined. Here we see mothers and children heading home to cozy, warm kitchens and hot cocoa, following an afternoon of sledding down the snow-covered streets and fields of Woodstock, Vermont.
If you know something of this era, perhaps from watching Jean Shepherd’s perennial holiday classic, “A Christmas Story” – you can imagine layers of coats and sweaters being peeled away; mittens and woolen hats being hung near the heating grate to dry out . . . and then the other-worldly sounds of the Philco kitchen radio warming up. Before we know it, we’re listening to the adventures of Little Orphan Annie – all the while, clutching our little mugs of hot cocoa – and maybe an oven-fresh Christmas cookie. Glorioski, Sandy – I can see it all now.