Yesterday, the archival photo blog, Shorpy , shared a great photo of the Babcock family from Rochester NY. The image is one of a collection of 38 photographs by Ralph Amdursky for the U.S. Office of War Information. The series shows how the Babcocks, a “typical American war worker’s family,” lived in 1943 during the height of WWII…
A quick online search shows that Rochester is loaded with people named Babcock. Even a few local companies and a street in Brighton share the name. But I haven’t been able to figure out if the family in this photo series is 100% genuine. They sure are doing all they can to help the war effort. Mr. Babcock, is a plant supervisor and also serves as an air raid warden. He fishes with his sons and makes sure the family attends church every Sunday. Mom cooks, cleans, mends clothes, and grows all the vegetables the family eats. Shirley, the daughter, is studying to become a nurse and helps with household chores. And the boys, at least one of whom is a boy scout, make airplane models and learn how to tie knots. They are, at a glance, your typical American family, from your All-American City; Rochester, NY.
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