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What a frightening photo! The use of the gasoline fueled camping stove on top of a natural or propane fueled "parlor" heater inside a home- was (and IS) definitely dangerous. It appears the people are DESPERATE to get some heat, and something hot to eat or drink, but the potential danger of carbon monoxide poisoning or explosion should be terrifying to anyone who viewed this picture. I'm shocked to think that Mr. Trabold might have "posed" this dangerous shot!


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1) I am certain Randy did not "pose" this picture. 2.) The danger of an explosion is moot. If that space heater was working the woman in the pic would not have been standing there with her jacket cuffs 1/2 over her hands, freezing. 3.) True----it was not a good idea to be operating a Coleman stove inside of a dwelling, but desperation to get something warm inside of her child would certainly have been a cause to throw caution to the winds. I remember back in the early 1960's when Berkshire Gas had a major shutdown. It was winter time. We froze! And so did our water pipes! We were desperate. The gas was off for days. Almost all apartments in North Adams, at that time, were heated with gas/gas kitchen stoves and space heaters. Survival & desperation make strange bedfellows. Rusty.


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I recall the winter of 1942 when the temperature was hovering between o deg. and 28 deg. below zero for a period of about 2 weeks with a wind chill factor possibly as low as 40 deg. below at times. I walked fro gallup St to Gale Shoe. Co. on Brown St. I also recal one young lady freezing her legs until they cracked open and the nurse had me run out and get snow to pack on the frozen legs . She was fortunate not to have her legs amputated. One never knows what they would do in an emergency and unfortunately most do the wrong thing.


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Don't feel bad, that is what we were taught back then...put snow on frost bits.. and to think I played with mercury when the themometer broke, and smelling the mist of DDT when my mother sprayed the flies!....OMG, it's a wonder I made to 69!


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