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This is Mr Philip Rye, his wife and five of his six children, who have lived in the

This is Mr Philip Rye, his wife and five of his six children, who have lived in the hut shown in the picture for six and a half years. The children range from one to six years in age. Crockenhill, Kent.
5th November 1948

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Farm Worker Home Housing Poor Poverty Pram Coping Corrugated Flue Hardship


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This is Mr Philip Rye, his wife, and five of their six children captured in a poignant photograph. The image showcases the humble dwelling they have called home for the past six and a half years. Located in Crockenhill, Kent, this corrugated hut stands as a symbol of resilience amidst hardship. The Rye family's story reflects the struggles faced by many farm workers during that era. With ages ranging from one to six years old, the children embody innocence amid adversity. Their faces reveal both youthful curiosity and an understanding beyond their tender years. In this snapshot frozen in time on 5th November 1948, we witness how this family copes with poverty while finding solace within each other's company. The flue protruding from the roof hints at their resourcefulness in keeping warm during harsh winters. This print serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by those living on meager means. It sheds light on the importance of addressing housing disparities and ensuring no family endures such hardships today. General captures not only an image but also a narrative that resonates with compassion for those struggling against societal inequalities.

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