Friday, June 9, 2023

Meet Peanut Vendor James “Blind Jim” Ivy

Historian and photographer John Cofield went down memory lane with a post of James “Blind Jim” Ivy and his Facebook page. Cofield reminisced about the several decades’s long relationship the peanut vendor had with his father, J. R. Cofield.

James Ivy

Blind Jim at an Ole Miss football game, 1947 from The Southern Documentary Project on Vimeo.

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John Cofield is a writer and one of Oxford’s leading folk historians. He is the son of renowned university photographer Jack Cofield. His grandfather, J.R. “Colonel” Cofield, was William Faulkner’s personal photographer and for decades was the Ole Miss yearbook photographer. Cofield attended Ole Miss as well.

Stay tuned for more information on Cofield’s forthcoming book: Oxford, Mississippi ~ The Cofield Collection — a pictorial history book with John’s writing on the history to go along with the photos.

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