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From All Over: 1939

From All Over: 1939

June 1939. "Veteran migrant agricultural worker camped in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. He has followed the road for about 30 years. When asked where his home was he said, 'It's all over.'" 35mm negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

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How old?

I'd say 50-60 and closer to the 50 side. He has the telltale hair in the ears, yet his hair is only grey a little at the temples, yet his eyebrows aren't dark. Of course the hard life can throw that off. So he could be as young as 45.

How old is he?

Anywhere from 35 to 60. Where is his family? Where do his bones rest?

So many questions to ask him, considering what he must have seen during the years that he traveled and worked in the fields. Does anyone know of a bio, or autobiographical statements, from itinerant, migrant farm workers? Or is "The Grapes of Wrath" the closest we've got? God bless John Steinbeck.

A striking resemblance to

John Carradine in Grapes of Wrath!

Sized up

His solution for ill fitting overalls is amazingly simple - a bit of string and they're just right.

Haunting and haunted

A powerful photo, capturing a man with a subsistence life looking grimly into the future.

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