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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NAVY NEEDS YOU IN THE WAVES

Feeling Low in Toppenish: 1939

Feeling Low in Toppenish: 1939

August 1939. "Sick migrant child. Washington, Yakima Valley, Toppenish." The daughter of migrant laborers harvesting hops in Washington State. Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.

 

It's Addie Pray!

Yes, definitely looks like Tatum O'Neil as Addie Pray in the film Paper Moon. One has to wonder if the films producers somehow saw this photograph. Highly doubtful, but the resemblance is uncanny.

She Reminds Me

of the little girl in the movie "Paper Moon"!

Toppenish Today

Toppenish today is still a small town, generally poor, still dependent on migrant workers for much of the harvest. However, the town also boasts a large number of murals painted on buildings depicting pioneer days, a highly-regarded small college, and a casino.

I wonder

Do you think she's still around?

[Paging Joe Manning ... - Dave]

Under the Weather

Hope it wasn't serious. She sure isn't faking!

 
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