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Willie Cornett holding a baby as another on porch looks on and a third looks away.

Willie Cornett holding a baby as another on porch looks on and a third looks away. Photographs taken of the Cornett family of Eastern Kentucky in by a 28 year old William Gale Gedney.

"Daddies home"!

USSR -- One of the very fortunate families -- Soviet soldier returning to greet his daughter, WWII (not only american soldiers came back home.

jeanfivintage:  During the summer of 1964 documentary photographer William Gedney left Brooklyn for rural Eastern Kentucky to capture the lives of the locals during one of the most evolutionary decades of American history. A graduate of Pratt, Gedney spent most of his career documenting the social landscape of America through activist gatherings in New York and San Francisco. However, the most notable collection of his life’s work came from his first trip to Leatherwood, KY. The only…

jeanfivintage: “ During the summer of 1964 documentary photographer William Gedney left Brooklyn for rural Eastern Kentucky to capture the lives of the locals during one of the most evolutionary.

At last, I know that my family were not the only weirdos in the Appalachians. Just joking! The lore of bottle trees have been a part of my family tradition for generations, and it’s become Folk Art up here in the mountains of North Carolina. I’ve known Christian families who do this, as …

"The Bottle Tree," Dave Tabler. Ever drive through appalachia and notice bottles neck down through tree branches?

Shirtless man standing and another man seated in a shadowy room.  William Gedney, c 1966/67.

Shirtless man standing and another man seated in a shadowy room. William Gedney, c

Kentucky © William Gedney

Girl leaning on post on post eating. From Duke Digital Collections. Collection: William Gedney Photographs and Writings. Date of print: Unknown.

Willie Cornett and son stand in front of laundry hanging out to dry.. From Duke Digital Collections. Collection: William Gedney Photographs and Writings.

Willie Cornett and son stand in front of laundry hanging out to dry. From Duke Digital Collections. Collection: William Gedney Photographs and Writings.

Mountain children on steps of school in Breathitt County, Kentucky Marion Post Wolcott September 1940

mountain children on steps of school in Breathitt County, Kentucky / Marion Post Wolcott / September 1940

Girl on porch with other children below.. From Duke Digital Collections. Collection: William Gedney Photographs and Writings. Featured in What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney, edited by Margaret Sartor, coedited by Geoff Dyer; Featured in retrospective exhibition, Short Distances and Definite Places: The Photographs of William Gedney at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), January 20, 2000 - May 16, 2000. Mark: Stamp. Date of print: Unknown.

Pair of snap-on rubber pants hanging on the wash-line (far right).

Born Again - River Baptism  Don't see it done much like this anymore...

Born Again - River Baptism Don't see it done much like this anymore. Back then the churches were pretty poor. River baptisms were cheaper and easier for the church's.

William Gedney's Kentucky photos from 1972.

Woman sitting next to a young girl on porch. From Duke Digital Collections. Collection: William Gedney Photographs and Writings. Date of print: Unknown.

(VIDEO) The story of Appalachian Mountain Speech.

This is a story of where Appalachian mountain speech was originated and also provides a direct example of his dialect because of his strong "accent" This is a great example of Appalachian mountain dialect.

Devil John Wright "The Law In the Cumberland Mountains". Eastern Ky. Southwest Va.....John Wesley Wright, native of Letcher County, Kentucky, was generally known as "Bad" or "Devil" John Wright, descriptions that were warmly used by his neighbors and friends. These nicknames were also attributed to him by his enemies, but assuredly in 'not so warm' a manner.

Devil John Wright "The Law In the Cumberland Mountains". John Wesley Wright, native of Letcher County, Kentucky, was generally known as "Bad" or "Devil" John Wright, descriptions that were warmly used by his neighbors and friends.

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