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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Bosque Farms Baby: 1935

Bosque Farms Baby: 1935

December 1935. "Resettled at Bosque Farms project in New Mexico. Family of four from Taos Junction shows temporary dwelling." Medium-format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Screens

When asked which invention was the most important in her long lifetime, a friend's great-grandmother (who had lived in the mountains of Kentucky most of her 90+ years) said, without hesitation, "Window screens."

It seems pretty luxurious even for a shack like this to have a screen door and, it looks like, screens on the windows.

Beauty

She is a beautiful mother, but I would feel the same about this photo if she were ugly. I ask in total ignorance: what was the history of these 'Dorothea Lange' people? Were they once respectable farmers?

Justifiably proud

It is very hard to believe in this day and age that anyone could be proud to call a place like this home. It looks like nothing more than a shack. The look on this beautiful woman's face tells the real story. Her family has a roof over their heads and the future holds hope for an even better life. I often wonder what happened to these brave people in the years to follow. Dorothea Lange had a way of showing the plight of the rural family without stripping them of their dignity. We all need to remember what a very different place this country was in 1935. Better or worse, I am not sure.

Wistful and Gorgeous

Dorothea Lange's exposures never fail to gratify, so beautiful and such a sweet hopeful scene.

Holy Mother of Pearl

That is one beautiful mother and wife. Lucky guy-- I guess.

 
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