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Berrien County: 1940

Berrien County: 1940

July 1940. Migrant camp at a fruit-packing plant in Berrien County, Michigan. (On the car: yet another Shell Oil license-plate ornament.) View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.


What is the source of this image?

My client is interested in finding out about this image. Is the woman in front the mother of the baby?

[The photos are from the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information prints & photographs collection at the Library of Congress. No identities were recorded for this particular series. - tterrace]

The girl...

Her face looks like she's approaching 30, but she can't be more than 10-12 years old.

Big Pile of What?

What is the big pile behind the clothesline on the right? Rocks? Wood? Coal? Construction debris?

[Coalpile for the cannery? In what seems to be two grades (below). Or maybe ballast for the train tracks. - Dave]

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