This series of photos was in with the Rudd photos and postcards and at first I didn’t know what I would do with them. I couldn’t quite figure out what was happening in them. With this week’s Sepia Saturday prompt showing an old advertisement for Oshkosh I looked at this series again and realized this is an early documentation of work, perhaps to show a client or save for future reference.
What this looks like is a series showing the house from the street, a shot of the foundation that needs to be repaired, the fellow holding a rather large nail or screwdriver to point out the rotted beam, and finally two men kneeling down by the side of the house with an obviously new beam in place. It is really unfortunate that the photos were damaged, either in the camera or during the developing process. They all have a bit of a white cloud coming from the lower edge.
Also note that even though the foreman (?) is wearing a hat, button down shirt and tie, he is wearing overalls. These are two clothing trends that clashed in the mid 20th century. Overalls as the utility garment meant to keep clothing tidy and the shirt and tie left over from the Victorian and Edwardian ages which indicated a man had good breeding.
For more overalls (or as an Oklahoman acquaintance calls them, overhauls) click over to Sepia Saturday.