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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR, 1939

No Future Here: 1939

No Future Here: 1939

February 1939. "Madera County, California. Family from near Dallas, Texas. Rent is $5 a month. There's no future here. I've been following the work (migratory labor) but there's no chance for a fellow to get aholt hisself in this country. The last job I had is tractor driving for 35 cents an hour. Had that job for five months until a Filipino comes along for 25 cents an hour. I was raised on a cotton farm my father owned, a little place back there, and I'm plumb willing to leave this country for good before I get too old, If I could get the chance to farm." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Bunny Shrine: 1939

Bunny Shrine: 1939

March 1939. "Decorations in corner of living room of Mexican house. San Antonio, Texas." An eclectic mix of religious and pop-culture iconography combining Jesus, Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, Valentine's Day and the Dionne Quintuplets. Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Self-Contained: 1939

Self-Contained: 1939

March 1939. "Home of fisherman squatter on shores of Nueces Bay. Corpus Christi, Texas. Photographs show squatters and migrants in shanty town along Nueces Bay area. Tents, shelters constructed from old boats, tar paper, automobile licenses, boxes. Privy made of automobile body." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Washings & Iornings: 1939

Washings & Iornings: 1939

August 1939. "Home and family of oil field roustabout in Oklahoma City. During periods of unemployment the woman takes in washing and ironing." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Poor Guy: 1939

Poor Guy: 1939

July 1939. "Bed with roof over it in May Avenue camp, Oklahoma City." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Pee-Wee Playhouse: 1939

Pee-Wee Playhouse: 1939

July 1939. "Shack of family living in May Avenue camp, Oklahoma City." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Cozy Shack: 1939

Cozy Shack: 1939

July 1939. "Family in front of shack home. May Avenue camp, Oklahoma City." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Small Oil: 1939

Small Oil: 1939

August 1939. "Independent refinery. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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