This was torn out of an old National Geographic magazine years ago. I had saved it because it reminded me of someone in my mom's family, even though my relative never had worn a hat like that or bib overalls. About 20 years ago, we attended a sidewalk art show here in the area and found a water color of the same scene (painted from the photo), and the resemblance was even more striking. The artist, Kenny James, named his painting "The Peddlar". I had intended to photograph my print and show you both that and this original photo, but I don't have time to do it now.
The caption on this photo and the caption given to the painting by the artist vary somewhat - I think you can click to enlarge the photo and read what the original caption said. Here is what the artist wrote:
"Listen, lady, I've been through the great depressions, three recessions, I've lived a long, hard life, I've been fighting this red clay soil a good part of it and I just placed my wife in six feet of it. I've sent sons off to fight in three different wars, and frankly ma'am, if you don't want to give me three bucks for my melons, I don't give a damn."
It hangs on my den wall and it speaks volumes, to this day.
Guess what? My gmail came back! I just kept clicking on it, and finally, it loaded and I got everything back! YAY! Hope that doesn't happen again! I will change my primary email back to gmail in a few days, but I want to make sure that it will be okay before I change it. Wish me luck!