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Vintage photos of:
Colorized, "End of the Road", from Shorpy. June 1935. "Children of Oklahoma drought refugees on highway near Bakersfield, California. Family of six; no shelter, no food, no money and almost no gasoline. The child has bone tuberculosis." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.