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All the Allens: 1937

All the Allens: 1937

        Black River Falls (vicinity), Wisconsin. April-June 1937. Photographs show families who live on small farms in cut-over areas. Dilapidated log cabins and shacks; interior details. Poor families; Bohemian farm families. Few scenes in town.

June 1937. "Ray Allen family near Black River Falls, Wisconsin." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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