Folks dancing

Dancing at an Ozark picnic, 1920s. Real photo postcard by George Hall. (Photo courtesy of Lens & Pen Press. From James Fork of the White: Transformation of an Ozark River)

Unlike the posed hillbilly family real photo postcard last month, this is a straightforward document of the surviving folk culture on the upper White River, circa 1910.  

Hillbilliness is based on these anachronisms.

Locals at this hoe-down appear to be wearing store-bought clothes. Once the railroad made its way to southwest Missouri, Stone Countians had access to clothing just like the tourists.

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