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Texas Laundress: 1939

Texas Laundress: 1939

February 1939. "Twelve-year-old girl who keeps house in a trailer for her three brothers who are migrant workers, near Harlingen, Texas." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


Obsolete washer

I recall going into a hardware store in the late 1960's; I asked if they had any scrubbing boards - I thought one would come in handy the odd time. I was serious. I recall my mother using one while leaning over our old claw and ball footed bathtub. Socks were often the toughest clothing to get clean.

The guy looked at me like I had 7 heads. He had no idea what I was talking about.


She is priceless!

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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