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Hanging Out: 1939

Hanging Out: 1939

September 1939. "Mrs. Soper, FSA client, tells how it was when the family first came." Willow Creek area, Malheur County, Oregon. Medium-format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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