Our State Fair Is The Best State Fair

I had to post these pictures because, well, everything is better at the fair. Especially when it's 1941 and Vermont. With all the admiration I hold for pictures that imitate vintage photographs, it's even better to spend some time viewing the "real deal."
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Photographs by Jack Delano via The Library of Congress
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51 comments:

  1. I spend far too much time looking through the Library of Congress archives. My vision of America is totally aged. But oh well, I still London in Victorian terms. Hope you're having a lovely week.

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  2. i adore these photos. i agree with dapper kid, i always find myself daydreaming whilst looking through the library of congress...sigh.

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  3. these look like the set of a vogue shoot! how cool.

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  4. fairgrounds and vintage photographs go together like peas and carrots. i love how you can see the wind in the girl's hair.

    x

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  5. I love the Library of Congress archives! These are great photos.

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  6. Never heard of them before and thanks for sharing!! love the photos!

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  7. Oops I think you meant 1941...I saw bare legs and I thought, "1914...really???"...

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  8. wow those pictures are so simply lovely, they remind me of a fifties funfair xxx

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  9. I love going to state fairs .... but I have to say, I love MY state fair as well :P

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  10. Beautiful!
    Camilla

    Rainbowpavingstones.blogspot.com

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  11. I love these. They seem so simplistic in their energy and fun.

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  12. oh the ferris wheel...is it weird that i'm scared of those things? the pics are lovely.

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  13. Oooh how fun! I've always wanted to go to a fair...like the one in the film State Fair. Or any other fun carnival really...

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  14. Beautiful photos. I'm a little obsessed with ferris wheels - I think they're so inspiring!

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  15. 1914? Really? Wow! These are lovely, I've never been to the state fair before....

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  16. oh yes, everything is better at a fair! You might like the video in my last blog post :)

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  17. love that last pic especially =)

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  18. Love the photos. When I went to America last year, we went to Montana State Fair...so amazing; I miss the foot long corn dogs! xxx

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  19. Do you by any chance know if this is the Essex Junction County Fair?


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  20. Indeed inspirational photos!! I really love love the girl in white. Is that a romper she's wearing?

    So gorgeous!

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  21. these are such a lark! i know what you mean... vintagey photos are cool, sure, but the real thing is infinitely better.

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  22. i love all these photos, so cool! :)

    xoxo

    natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

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  23. Oh I love these photographs, especially the first one. We have a winter fair in Toronto every year...these photos make me want to go.

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  24. Great pictures ;)

    Saludos,
    Clau!

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  25. I want to meet the girl doing the handstand. So cute!

    I should really browse the archives myself. So weird seeing old moments in color.

    & I hope you have Happy Holidays yourself!

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  26. Omgsh! I have that last picture in my room. Shhh don't tell but I printed out a bunch of pics from the library of congress archives and they're collaged in my room. Glad we liked the same one! :)

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  27. That ferris wheel picture is GORGEOUS. Ah, makes me want to go to a fair... or watch "Meet Me in St. Louis!"

    Also, I think it's crazy too that the girls nixed the McQueen show. I mean, I guess I understand if they were concerned about breaking their ankles or whatever but IT'S ALEXANDER MCQUEEN YO.

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  28. yeah, the library of congress is a fantastic source for old photos -- in color. to think, the world looked like that in 1941 and not the bw images that we're so used to seeing. i think it's pretty amazing.

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  29. Fun! i love the ferris wheel shot.

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  30. Yay! These photos are great. I went to the Iowa State Fair, ate 4 fried things, felt sick within an hour, and saw like a 2,000 pound wild boar, felt bad for it, and then went home without going on a single ride because they all cost 30 dollars. Not to mention every single attraction was named BANK OF AMERICA'S FARM LAND or something equally gross. The state fair was probably 1000 times better in 1941!!

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  31. These are fun. I like how sort of gritty they are compared to your standard fair pictures.

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  32. oh how I miss summer time!

    xo Niki

    http://ahautemess.blogspot.com

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  33. You have a great blog. Congrats!
    I'm watching it from Romania (Europe).
    You are doing an excelent job.
    Hugs!

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  34. Cool photos, I love them, fairs rocks..especially the xmas ones. Greets

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  35. thanks for your sweet comment!

    xx

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  36. These are great. I love looking at the details like facial expressions and how people are interacting with each other.

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  37. I always wonder what people are thinking when I see photos like these -- not posed or set up like a portrait, so it was literally a little snippet of time captured in these images.

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  38. gorgeous photos!
    Love the vintage ambient! ;P

    mycherrygum.blogspot.com

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  39. @Monica, you're so right; 1914 was a type-o.

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  40. We in Minnesota have a pretty awesome state fair as well. Wonderful pics. Annie.

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  41. Rebecca - your photos made me scroll through great old photos from the Library of Congress for HOURS. There are a LOT of amazing pictures, and I was in a trance! Thank you for sharing.

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  42. I've downloaded those pictures and dozens more from the library of congress about a year ago and made a . Their photostream is awesome.

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