These two photographs show the same home's kitchen. The first one is taken from the outside, and the second one from the inside of the house. How can I tell? The same chair is in both photographs, though it is clear that the family either had more than one, or that Evans rearranged the kitchen for his photograph. Also, on the wall in the second photograph is the dasher and lid for a butter churn. In the top photograph, the churn is sitting on the cabinet's enamel counter. I wonder if this family had a cow?
This family's home is incredibly clean. The towel and bowl serve as a washstand to wash hands as they're entering the house. All of the surfaces are look clean and shiny and they have a broom, albeit well-worn, in the corner. Only the kerosene lamp's chimney needs cleaning.
Many of the tenant farmer families Evans photographed in the 1930s were living in much the same way that some families lived in the 1840s. They had no electricity or indoor plumbing and were still churning their own butter. Although I look at these photographs today and see hardship, I also see that this family was making the best out of what they had and taking excellent care of their few possessions.
Top: Farmer's Kitchen, Hale County, Alabama 1936
Bottom: Kitchen Corner, Tenant Farmhouse, Hale County, Alabama 1936