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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CRUISE THE GREAT LAKES, 1930s

Red Ryder: 1940

Red Ryder: 1940

December 1940. Corpus Christi, Texas. "Small boy, son of carpenter from Hobbs, New Mexico, reading funny papers in corner of room in tourist court. Lack of adequate closet space is evident." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
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