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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Transplant: 1939

Transplant: 1939

October 1939. "Oklahoman, worked three years as farm laborer, starts next year on his own place. Quit school after third day. Can neither read nor write. Is 'best farm laborer' this farmer ever had. Near Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Face, just as clear and open as it can be. Hope his life was a full one with lots of grand kids and happy memories.

Oliver Red River Special thresher

Oliver Farm Equipment was created in 1929 when four companies merged. One of those companies, Nichols and Shepard, had been making threshers since 1857 and the Red River Special was a Nichols and Shepard model. The thresher in the photo is similar to this one.

The threshing crew

Sewing up up sacks of grain, grease gun at the ready.

The Man With No Name

Despite their inability to read and write, there was something special about people in this era. They had a work ethic that was incomparable. The farmers of America always have, do now, and will always in the future feed the world. I would hire this guy in a New York minute.

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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