Wednesday, November 14, 2018

58 Remarkable Photographs of Life at Pie Town, New Mexico in 1940

Russell Lee (1903 – 1986) was an American photographer and photojournalist, best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). His technically excellent images documented the ethnography of various American classes and cultures.

These wonderful photos Lee captured everyday life at Pie Town, New Mexico in Octorber 1940.




The Faro Caudill family eating dinner in their dugout, Pie Town



School at Pie Town, New Mexico is held at the Farm Bureau Building



School children singing, Pie Town



Team pulling a car out of the mud.



Tying a ribbon on a calf's tail was one of the feature attractions at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair rodeo.



At the fair, Pie Town.



Bill Stagg turning up his beans.



Bill Stagg turning up pinto beans.



 Cutting the pies and cakes at the barbeque dinner, Pie Town.



Crowd eating free barbeque dinner at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair.



Church at Pie Town.



Church at Pie Town, New Mexico. This building was a cooperative community enterprise.



Bill Stagg, homesteader, with pinto beans.



Bill Stagg, homesteader, in front of his barn.



Friends meeting at the Pie Town.



Filling station and garage at Pie Town.



Field of beans and farmstead of Bill Stagg, homesteader, Pie Town, New Mexico.



Faro and Doris Caudill, homesteaders, Pie Town.



Exhibit of crops and vegetables at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair.



Dugout house of Faro Caudill, homesteader with Mt. Allegro in the background.



Driving calves into the corral for roping at the rodeo of the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair.



Grace was said before the barbeque was served at the Pie Town.



Getting ready to serve the barbeque dinner at the Pie Town.



General Merchandise store, Main Street, Pie Town, New Mexico.



Gathering corn in the field.



Garden adjacent to the dugout home of Jack Whinery, homesteader, Pie Town.



Fruit wagon at the Pie Town.



Fruit wagon at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair.



Initial pin souvenirs at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair.



Homesteader feeding his daughter at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair free barbeque.



Homesteader and his children eating barbeque at the Pie Town.



Home of Jim Norris, homesteader, Pie Town, New Mexico.



Harvesting new corn from the field of Jim Norris.



Harvesting corn.



Group of homesteaders in front of the bean house which was used for exhibit hall at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair.



Les Thomas, homesteader, Pie Town.



Jim Norris, homesteader, Pie Town, New Mexico.



Jim Norris, homesteader, cutting a head of cabbage.



Jack Whinery, homesteader, with his wife and the youngest of his five children.



Jack Whinery, homesteader, repairing fence which he built with slabs.



Jack Whinery, homesteader, and his family, Pie Town, New Mexico.



Jack Whinery and Jim Norris, homesteaders, looking at roots of stalk of corn.



Mr. Leatherman, homesteader, shooting hawks which have been carrying away his chickens, Pie Town.



Mr. Leatherman, homesteader, coming out of his dugout home.



Men of the community of Pie Town eating at the barbeque.



Men in front of outdoor fire.



Many automobiles were parked in the grove at the Pie Town.



Main Street, Pie Town.



Llano de San Juan, New Mexico, Catholic Church.



Saying grace before the barbeque dinner at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair.



Rodeo at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair.



Rodeo at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair.



Pinto beans, main crop at Pie Town.



People at the Fair, Pie Town, New Mexico.



Mrs. Bill Stagg with state quilt which she made, Pie Town.



Mrs. Bill Stagg with state quilt which she made, Pie Town.



Mrs. Jim Norris with homegrown cabbage, one of the many vegetables which the homesteaders grow in abundance.



Mr. Leatherman, homesteader, with his work burros in front of his barn, Pie Town.




















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