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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

Full House: 1936

Full House: 1936

November 1936 near Dickens, Iowa. Three-room shack, the residence of L.H. Nissen, hired man for a tenant farmer. Farm is owned by a loan company. Ten people live in the shack: mother, father, seven children, one grandchild. Medium format negative by Russell Lee, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

High Water: 1937

High Water: 1937

January 1937. Young flood refugee asleep in a schoolhouse at Sikeston, Missouri. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administ'n.

 

Ghost Horse: 1936

Ghost Horse: 1936

December 1936. Farm horse in Woodbury County, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Dickens, Iowa: 1936

Dickens, Iowa: 1936

December 1936. Mother and child in the home of L.H. Nissen, hired man. He is married, has seven children, one grandchild, all living together in a three-room shack near Dickens, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 

Ghost Horse II

Ghost Horse II

December 1936. Remains of horse that died of compaction [intestinal blockage] due to poor feed. William Butler's farm near Anthon, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration.

 

In the Cards: 1938

In the Cards: 1938

September 1938. "Game of cooncan [conquian] in store near Reserve, Louisiana." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Missouri: 1938

Missouri: 1938

May 1938. "Farmer's wife with cow. Southeast Missouri." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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