This black and white photograph depicts a weatherbeaten Ford Model T car from the rear. The car is centered in the shot and in the middle of a shed.
"He said "sye" for "says I," "see" for "says he," smoked Old Whale on weekdays, Union Leader on Sundays, chewed Mail Pouch, snuffed Copenhagen, suffered from a weight at the pit of his stomach, liked berry pie, oatmeal cooked till you could stretch it, vulcanized eggs, coffee with canned cream, fresh store bread, Senator Capper, barrel candy with the soft centers, Teddy Roosevelt, Billy Sunday, and this big local fellow Dempsey over that little French fellow Carpenteer. He cleaned eggs with his thumbnail, sat on the nails in his pockets, left his spoon in the sugar, left the flies in the dipper, left the mice in the cobs, the apples on the tree, the grapes on the vine, his hat on his head, the harrow in the yard, and the door to the privy standing open, his breath smoking in the winter air, the sun warm on his knees. He paid me ten cents a bushel for shelling his popcorn and once traveled, with other dry farmers, free in both directions, in a private car supplied by the implement dealers, from Omaha to Des Moines, where he gave his opinion that no fool gas tractor would replace the horse. In the summer he liked a straw with a shadow he could stand in, in the winter underwear he could sleep in, but he never gave an inkling if he liked or didn't like the woman he married."
God's Country and My People, 1968
industries; machines; rural; transportation; automobiles
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