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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

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.

 

Grandmother Soper

This is my grandmother Charity O. Spencer Soper. She was just shy of 36 years old in this picture, and had 10 children. My mother, Donna, was her 12th and last child.

The Kid

Interesting how the little kid mirrors her posture.

The Lady

Did Philip Seymour Hoffman channel this woman while doing Scotty in Boogie Nights?

 
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