Social Security Number http://rexcurry.net/social-security-number-tattoo3.jpg Tattoo from 1939?
America’s Police State: Social Security Number 1939 ? http://rexcurry.net/social-security-number-tattoo2.jpg
Oregon, August 1939. “Unemployed lumber worker goes with his wife to the bean harvest. Note Social Security number tattooed on his arm.” Oregon, Marion County, near West Stayton.
And now a bit of Shorpy scholarship/detective work. A public records search shows that 535-07-5248 belonged to one Thomas Cave, born July 1912, died in 1980 in Portland. Which would make him how old when this picture was taken? 27?
The letters are SSA not SSN. They stand for Social Security Administration. SSN did not become a common acronym until after World War II. The first SSNs were issued in 1935, not long before this picture. The New Deal agencies were referred to back then as “the alphabet agencies” and then “alphabet soup.” For example, Lange, a photographer working for the RA, had previously…
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