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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Must Have Work or Food: 1936

Must Have Work or Food: 1936

November 1936. "Destitute family. American River camp near Sacramento, Calif. Five children aged 2 to 17." A long shot of the camp seen in the previous post. Note the sign next to the stove. Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Not my wagon, please!

It looks like the boy staring at his wagon (or whatever it is) is worried that it may wind up on the wood pile in the rear.

I Vote Work

I like the way the signmaker has put periods (dots?) between each pair of words in his request. Graphically, they make the phrase look more like something from the cyber age to come, rather than a product of the Depression, though the content certainly reflects the state of things in 1936. Too bad this fellow was about sixty years too early for the tech boom further west in Silicon Valley, as his sign shows definite IT-startup potential.

Sad Scene

It's gonna be a long haul for this family. The economy really didn't start turning around until the defense industries started hiring around 1940.

 
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