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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Canal Point: 1939

Canal Point: 1939

February 1939. "Migrant labor. Young packinghouse workers. Canal Point, Florida." Two of the thousands of young people who during the Great Depression found themselves picking or packing produce and living in a tent camp. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

It's the Noses

These two cuties look like sisters to me. They look like they are trying to be brave. Wish we knew what became of them.

Child Labor

It strikes me repeatedly how young the workers were in the thirties. My grandma quit school to work during The Depression - before junior high. It gives me a twinge to imagine her, so young and cute, but definitely not carefree.

Ready for a night out?

Very pretty ladies, and well turned out... must be Saturday night!

A pity we don't know their names, I hope they had a good life.

What pretty girls.

Reminds me of how thin my grandmother always looked in photos from that time period, though she wasn't a laborer. The girl on the left seems so sad and/or uncomfortable. I always want to know so much more about the people in your photographs!

 
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