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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Coal Miner's Daughter: 1936

Coal Miner's Daughter: 1936

November 1936. "Home of Tennessee family of seven, now migratory workers living in camp outside of Sacramento, California. Father was coal miner in Tennessee but when the mines were not working received two days a week relief work. 'Thought we could make it better out here'." The coal miner's daughter, previously seen here. Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 
 
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