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American Legion fish fry, Oldham County, Post 39, near Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, August 1940. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8a43064

When the Bench Breaks

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It’s the time of year to enjoy eating in the great outdoors! Last week, a Flickr album of images of picnics launched. I included a photo very similar to this one in the album:

Untitled photo, possibly related to: Legionnaires eating and drinking beer at American Legion fish fry, Oldham County, Post 39, near Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, August 1940. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8a43043

The photos were taken in August of 1940 by Marion Post Wolcott when she was working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). As is often the case with FSA photos, there are a number of photos of the same subject. So I was looking at all the photos taken of the American Legion Post 39 fish fry in Oldham County, Kentucky.

What first drew my attention to this group of photos was the bench in one particular image:

Untitled photo, possibly related to: Legionnaires and their wives eating and drinking beer at American Legion fish fry, Oldham County, Post 39, near Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, August 1940. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8a43062

It appears to be bending under the weight of its six picnic-goers. Evidently, the bench succumbed to the pressure and broke, sending at least one Legion member to the ground:

Legionnaire falls after picnic bench breaks at American Legion fish fry, Oldham County, Post 39, near Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, August 1940. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8a43048

Here he is being helped up, appearing none the worse for wear:

Legionnaire falls after picnic bench breaks at American Legion fish fry, Oldham County, Post 39, near Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, August 1940. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8a43057

Let’s end this post with what could’ve been one of the first photos Ms. Post Wolcott took of the group as she approached them. All of the folks smiling at the photographer make me want to join the festivities:

Untitled photo, possibly related to: Legionnaires and their wives eating and drinking beer at American Legion fish fry, Oldham County, Post 39, near Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, August 1940. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8a43044

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  1. A little less pie perhaps? Fun post Ms. Grenci.
    Is that some sort of playing field in the last image?

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