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And Away We Go: 1936

And Away We Go: 1936

July 1936. "Drought area of North Dakota. Family leaving drought-stricken farm for Oregon or Washington." Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


Not a 'flivver' (Model T Ford)

In fact, it looks pretty substantial, if a bit time-worn. But what is it?

That old flivvver

Most were lucky enough to have an old flivver. Some had to walk with what they could carry.

BTW... tterrace - loved your comment.

They were going in that old flivver?

I hope there was a better car out of view on the right. That one looks as if it couldn't even make it to the nearest general store.

[Rothstein felt that showing the butler packing the Duesenberg would spoil the effect. - tterrace]

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