Crystal Springs, Mississippi, between 1900 and 1950, via Luther Hamilton Photograph Collection, Mississippi Department of Archives and History Commons on flickr.
The almost 1,000 photos in this collection were taken or collected by the Luther Myles Hamiltons — Sr. and Jr. — during the first half of the 20th century. They document life in and around the farm town of Crystal Springs.
Luther Sr. was a portraitist, and his pictures of the babies, children, and women on this page are lovely.
Many of the farm fields in the suburbs of Stuttgart are blue with rows of cabbages right now. I will try to get a photo before the harvest.
The stump of the newborn
dries in the crook of my arm.
I am the witch, cradling
the pale green head,
murmuring, “Little one,
you look good enough to eat.”