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Valley Boy: 1939

Valley Boy: 1939

August 1939. Migratory boy in squatter camp. Has come to Yakima Valley, Washington, for the third year to pick hops. Mother: "You'd be surprised what that boy can pick." View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

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Having grown up in Yakima, I can tell you this picture could have been taken 2 years ago ... you couldn't tell the difference!

Dorothea Lange

DL bores right into her subjects and trips the shutter at the perfect moment to capture the despair and grinding hopelessness found among many who endured the Depression. But at the same time, amazingly, she also manages to capture the set of the subject's jaw or the look in their eye that says "just you wait, we're a great nation, we'll be back" attitude they seemed to possess.

Amazing and astonishing, indeed. Thank you.

Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska

Dorothea Lange = stupefying

Dorothea Lange = stupefying

Holy Cow - awesome capture

This image strikes like few others. It's right up there with the other touchstone images from Depression.

The innocence of youth tinged with the questioning of why life has to be so hard.

I would LOVE to know what this child was thnking when the picture was taken and what kind of life he ended up living.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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