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Picturing a World

Situation wanted

Situation Wanted seems perfect for a follow up to Labor Day. When I first saw this picture, it interested me that illustrator Walter Appleton Clark has included a woman as one of his job-seekers because fear of losing her job drives some the caution hobbling my new heroine Mattie. The bleakness in this woman’s face is a fear worth trying to catch in prose.

Through facial expressions, clothes, body language, and other clues, Clark implies a story for each figure. Would it be worth trying to make up a narrative about each of them separately or about the day they happened to be in an employment agency together? Has anyone ever collected old illustrations to use for making up stories?
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