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Picture Perfect: Iowa in the 1940s

Picture Perfect: Iowa in the 1940s

From 1939 until 1942, Everett Kuntz snapped hundreds of photos capturing everyday life in his hometown Ridgeway, Iowa. But it wasn t until 2002, shortly after learning he had cancer, that Kuntz would print the photos.

Immediately, he noticed how the images preserved a time thought to be lost forever ... a time when America was still emerging from the Great Depression and rapidly approaching a great war. Yet the photos depict a sense of hope in the people of Ridgeway, an innocence that epitomized the calm before the storm. Kuntz' photographs show the faces, fields and porches of small-town America before World War II and stand as a historical record of both a bygone time and a rural Iowa that's fading away. [52 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Program Description: From 1939 until 1942, Everett Kuntz snapped hundreds of photos capturing everyday life in his hometown Ridgeway, Iowa. But it wasn t until 2002, shortly after learning he had cancer, that Kuntz would print the photos.

Immediately, he noticed how the images preserved a time thought to be lost forever ... a time when America was still emerging from the Great Depression and rapidly approaching a great war. Yet the photos depict a sense of hope in the people of Ridgeway, an innocence that epitomized the calm before the storm. Kuntz' photographs show the faces, fields and porches of small-town America before World War II and stand as a historical record of both a bygone time and a rural Iowa that's fading away.

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