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The Arizona Historical Museum in Tucson, Arizona, USA, is a wonderful place to learn about the state’s diverse history and take photographs. One of the rooms is dedicated to the Civilian Conservation Corps (1933-1942). The following is the entire poem that is in this old typewriter:


Oh, give me a camp
And a pot and a pan
Where they call you a boy
But you’re really a man.
Where you eat and you eat
‘Till your stomach starts bulging
Then a Mess Sergeant stops
You from swelling and bursting.

You get up in the morn
At an early o’clock
And you work ‘till you think
That you never will stop.
And then after working
You may write a letter
Because after stopping
You’re feeling much better.

Some evening you May
Like to dabble in copper
Unless a good movie-show
Puts on the stopper.
A CCC camp
Is a place you’ll call home
Much better than being
Far out and alone.

Photographed with a Fujifilm HS10 with a free texture layer from stock.xchng.com applied.

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I am a 60+ retiree who loves photography. I am active in the Green Valley (AZ) Camera Club where I teach several classes. Joining this organization has taken my photography to new levels. I consider my cameras and my computers to be my creative media.

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  • Stormygirl
    Stormygirlover 4 years ago

    Wow great image and poem:)

  • Thank you very much, Norma Jean.

    – Linda Gregory

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    This is FABULOUS!!!!!

  • Thank you so much, Robin. An interesting part of our history.

    – Linda Gregory

  • wendys-designs
    wendys-designsover 4 years ago

    fantastic shot, love the tones, and processing

  • Thank you very much, Wendy.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Justin Baer
    Justin Baerover 4 years ago

    thanks for sharing the pic and the poem. it says alot!

  • Thanks very much, Justin. I’m glad I thought to get a photo of the entire poem.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Jeff Burgess
    Jeff Burgessover 4 years ago

    Wonderful idea on how to display an idea indirectly……also the slant of the typwriter (I remember when I used these) adds to the imbalance of the antique…..very nice presentation. warm regards…..

  • Thank you for the wonderful comments, Jeff. I really appreciate them.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture and wonderful color.

  • Thank you so much. Except for the subtle texture, it’s pretty much the color right out of the camera.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Sunsetdaze
    Sunsetdazeover 4 years ago

    Oh lovely vintage shot! Great subject!!

  • Thank you very much, Cynthia!

    – Linda Gregory

  • Heps
    Hepsover 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much, Taschja! I’m honored.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Josephine Pugh
    Josephine Pughover 4 years ago

    This is wonderful- it has a great feel!

  • Thank you very much, Jo!

    – Linda Gregory

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 4 years ago

    Perfect vintage treatment for this lovely old typewriter – wonderful work Linda :)

  • Thank you so much, Trish. I thought the poem made it even more interesting.

    – Linda Gregory

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