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The Country Boy
By W- E- Hill How the farm hand used to look (left) when the chores were done, sitting on a cracker barrel down at Si Simpkins’ general store; and here's how the 1932 hired help looks (right) in his little car en route to a Greta Garbo picture in a nearby town. « i Just one of those city boys made over into a country boy—by I home talent throughout—for the H ! balance of the Summer renting | season. His clothes are a great ■ embarrassment to the natives. ■ Country boys are naturally shy. The scene above, in the year 1900 or thereabouts, shows a country Romeo at a Methodist strawberry festival trying to get up courage to steal a kiss from a rural belle. The duet below depicts another couple at a strawberry festival in 1932, and the local youth is trying to get up courage to break away. Bashfulness is a terrible curse. “Well, boy,” wrote the folks back home, “I suppose you’re hitting it up among the bright lights with night club hostesses and bootleggers and society dowagers. Wish we were with you.” This private view of a country boy sorting laundry in a Y. M. C. A. room, and trying to account for a lost sock, is more like what really happens of an evening in the big city. “Listen, Ma. It says here that 'Lupe O’Dare, the Hollywood screen star, has shelved her last husband and is again in' circu lation.’” “I heard that on the radio last night. Bud.” Country boys used to spend their evenings at home poring over the mail order catalogues, but in this age of enlightenment they read the Broadway and Hollywood gossip columns. Otis, the State agricultural student, is home for vacation, and here he is out looking over possibilities of bigger and better egg-laying. By installing a radio and daylight bulbs the hens are to be tricked into thinking night is day and will be unconscious that they are working overtime. Science is certainly wonderful I 1 In the old days, when a farm boy took a job in the city, he was lost I to the farm for good. Not so today, when an enterprising youth can I learn all sorts of things in the city which help the old folks at home. Take the boys who enter the real estate business. They come home eventually and turn the farm into a development called Riverdhle Manor or Piedmont Gardens, and success is right around the corner. Then there are the bqys (above) who find their way into the antique departments of big city stores. They come back to home, sweet home, and start a shop labeled "Ye Treasure Trove" in the old ice house, where they sell off the old Victorian horrors as early American to passing tourists and the money rolls in!