PHOTO GALLERY: Southington’s Memorial Day parade, 75 years ago during iconic photo shoot

PHOTO GALLERY: Southington’s Memorial Day parade, 75 years ago during iconic photo shoot

Record-Journal


SOUTHINGTON – Seventy-five years ago this month a well-known photographer came to Southington on an assignment for the U.S. Farm Security Administration to document the town and its way of life in pictures.

In May 1942, Charles Fenno Jacobs, who had worked for “Life,” “Fortune” and “U.S. Camera” magazines, created dozens of images of local residents, buildings and farmland – painting an idyllic picture of a quintessentially New England town.

With the nation embroiled in World War II, the photographs reflect values of patriotism, hard work and a rich civic and religious life. Today the photographs reside in the Library of Congress under the heading “Southington, Connecticut: An American town and its way of life.”

To access higher resolution images of the photos in this gallery go to the Library of Congress website www.loc.gov and search for Fenno Jacobs.


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