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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Big Brother: 1939

Big Brother: 1939

August 1939. Migratory children living in "Ramblers Park." They have lived on the road for three years. Nine children in the family. Yakima Valley, Washington. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Dust Bowl Farm: 1938

Dust Bowl Farm: 1938

Coldwater District north of Dalhart, Texas. This house is occupied; most of the houses here have been abandoned. View full size. Photo by Dorothea Lange.

 

Baby on Board: 1939

Baby on Board: 1939

October 1939. Baby from Mississippi in truck at the Farm Security Administration camp at Merrill, Oregon. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Bean Pickers: 1939

Bean Pickers: 1939

August 1939. Marion County, Oregon, near West Stayton. Children in large private bean pickers' camp. The pickers came from many states, from Oklahoma to North Dakota. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

The Cat in the Hat: 1939

The Cat in the Hat: 1939

August 1939. Yakima Valley near Wapato, Washington. Farm Security Administration client Chris Adolph. "My father made me work. That was his mistake, he made me work too hard. I learned about farming but nothing out of the books." View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

Today, the first installment of another selection of photos by Dorothea Lange of Midwesterners en route from the drought-stricken farms of the 1930s Dust Bowl to California, Oregon, Washington and the South. The captions are hers.

 

Flat Broke: 1936

Flat Broke: 1936

August 1936. Family between Dallas and Austin, Texas. The people have left their home and connections in South Texas, and hope to reach the Arkansas Delta for work in the cotton fields. Penniless people. No food and three gallons of gas in the tank. The father is trying to repair a tire. Three children. Father says, "It's tough but life's tough anyway you take it." View full size. Photo by Dorothea Lange.

 

535-07-5248 and Wife

535-07-5248 and Wife

Oregon, August 1939. "Unemployed lumber worker goes with his wife to the bean harvest. Note Social Security number tattooed on his arm." View full size | Buy fine-art print. (And now a bit of Shorpy scholarship/detective work. A public records search shows that 535-07-5248 belonged to one Thomas Cave, born July 1912, died in 1980 in Portland. Which would make him 27 years old when this picture was taken.) Medium format safety negative by Dorothea Lange.

 
 
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