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I Say Tomato: 1937

I Say Tomato: 1937

January 1937. Deerfield, Florida. " 'Fruit tramp' at rooming house for employees of the tomato packing plant." Photo by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.


I Predict

The HOA will be contacting the owner about that lawn. I also think the "fruit tramp" label is a little harsh. She looks more like the proprietor to me.

["Fruit tramp" was common slang for migratory agricultural workers. Below, a photo of the same lady at work in the packinghouse. -Dave]

No grapes, no wrath

Despite the grim situation, she still has that will of keeping up appearances, of looking attractive. She looks sad, not furious. Anyway, if there's a dressmaker around, who could ask for anything more?

No Doubt

She's the Landlady.

[Incorrect. -Dave]

Is she a Tomato Picker?

[Scroll up. -Dave]

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