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Throwback Thursday Photo, Pumpkins on the Prairie

Garness family by Solomon D. Butcher [RG2608.PH0-001300]

The Garness family pose in front of their sod home in Custer County for Nebraska photographer Solomon D. Butcher in 1887. Next to the family is a big pile of large pumpkins. Butcher often had his subjects pose with their favorite possessions or signs of prosperity.  In this photo, Butcher and the Garness family use the pumpkins to show a successful, bountiful harvest. 

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