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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Hello: 1939

Hello: 1939

October 1939. "Young migrant mother has just finished washing. Merrill Farm Security Administration camp, Klamath County, Oregon." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA.

 

Creepy!

That's a creepy photo.

Looks like a Soviet work camp on a good day. Can't be in the US.

[This is one of more than 50 photos taken by Dorothea Lange at the Farm Security Administration's migratory labor camp at Merrill, Oregon. Which is of course in the United States. A few more below. - Dave]

Lovely

Lovely picture. She's taking a little break after all her hard work.

So Nice

Such a lovely smile and pose....immediately like the lady.

 
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