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Mississippi Cotton Patch: 1936

Mississippi Cotton Patch: 1936

July 1936. "Old-time Negro living on a cotton patch near Vicksburg, Mississippi." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.


"cotton patch"

That is sure NOT a cotton patch! anyone who was raised pickin/chopping cotton knows what one looks like.

Doesn't look like cotton

Doesn't look like cotton either.

[Dorothea Lange was describing where he lived, not necessarily where he was standing when the photo was taken. Although the field off to the right does look like it could be cotton. -Ken]


Doesn't look like he was making much of a living.

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