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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Where the Grapefruit Grow: 1937

Where the Grapefruit Grow: 1937

January 1937. "Part of the family of a migrant fruit worker from Tennessee, camped near the packinghouse in Winter Haven, Florida." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

A thought while working on a new Project

Working on "The Face of the Great Depression II" ... just too many visual stories to ignore .. but .. what I am finding interesting is that for less than a 100 year span, this nation endured a civil war, the First World War, the flu pandemic which killed 50 to 100 million worldwide and some 500,000 to 675,000 here in the United States, a Dust Bowl that decimated the farm economy and forced 100s of thousands to lose everything and become part of one of the largest migratory moments in history, concurrent with the Great Depression that was quite honestly the icing on the cake. Oh, yes then the was World War Two, and the Korean War ... all that in less than 100 years ... Yet this nation and her people persevered, rebounded, rebuilt and became stronger for it all, we were the idol of the rest of the world ... Since 1960 .... what ... we're still trying to figure out who to blame. Yep .. we are without doubt .. C.T.D.
Rock on America

She's beautiful.

She's beautiful.

 
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