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

Wapato Ennui: 1939

Wapato Ennui: 1939

"Washington, Yakima Valley, near Wapato. One of Chris Adolph's younger children. Farm Security Administration Rehabilitation clients." August 1939. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

A Place to Call Home: 1939

A Place to Call Home: 1939

"Youngest little girl of motherless family." Toppenish in the Yakima Valley of Washington State. August 1939. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Dust Bowl Kids: 1936

Dust Bowl Kids: 1936

"Children of Oklahoma drought refugee in migratory camp in California." November 1936. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Tater Tot: 1939

Tater Tot: 1939

Family of migrant potato pickers in Tulelake, Siskiyou County, California. September 1939. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Mobile Home: 1936

Mobile Home: 1936

"To serve the crops of California, thousands of families live on wheels. Near Bakersfield, California." View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

R.P. Bean Ranch: c. 1910

R.P. Bean Ranch: c. 1910

The R.P. Bean Ranch, with four cowboys and three horses, near Van Horn, Texas, c. 1910. View full size (Courtesy Portal to Texas History).

Home Work Wagon: 1912

Home Work Wagon: 1912

August 1912. "The wagon that delivers Home Work to Somerville, Massachusetts. The owner of the wagon (who is not the driver) is O. H. Brown, 27 Main Street, Reading. These wagons (about 4 in all) are worked on commission, not owned by factory." ("Home work" here meant pre-cut cloth patterns ready to be sewn into various articles of clothing.) View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. Note the curious tassels hanging off the horse. (Answer: It's a fly fringe.)

 
 
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