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Children with Adobe Oven


Italian and Mexican families built outdoor ovens of adobe bricks, plastered with mud. Fires were burned inside the ovens for an hour or two. With the walls hot, the ashes were raked out and pans of bread and pastries were shoved inside with a long-handled paddle. The opening was covered. The hot walls did the baking. Boys wore knee pants, held up by suspenders, or bib overalls. Like their mothers girls wore sun bonnets. This house was made of cottonwood logs, standing upright, then plastered with adobe mud.

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