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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Wheeler's Church: 1939

Wheeler's Church: 1939

July 1939. Women of the congregation of Wheeler's Church on steps with brooms and buckets on annual clean up day. Gordonton, North Carolina. View full size.

 

Person County: 1939

Person County: 1939

July 1939. Farm boy in the doorway of a tobacco barn. Person County, North Carolina. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

The Simple Life: 1939

The Simple Life: 1939

August 1939. Three of the four Arnold children outside their farmhouse at Michigan Hill. The oldest boy earned the money to buy his bicycle. Thurston County, western Washington. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Knee Baby: 1939

Knee Baby: 1939

July 1939, Person County, North Carolina. Wife and child of tobacco sharecropper. The littlest girl comes in from outside for something to eat while Mother is doing her housework. The child next to the baby is called in this country the "knee baby." View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Big Brother: 1939

Big Brother: 1939

August 1939. Migratory children living in "Ramblers Park." They have lived on the road for three years. Nine children in the family. Yakima Valley, Washington. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Dust Bowl Farm: 1938

Dust Bowl Farm: 1938

Coldwater District north of Dalhart, Texas. This house is occupied; most of the houses here have been abandoned. View full size. Photo by Dorothea Lange.

 

Baby on Board: 1939

Baby on Board: 1939

October 1939. Baby from Mississippi in truck at the Farm Security Administration camp at Merrill, Oregon. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 
 
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