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Multimillionaire: 1936

Multimillionaire: 1936

November 1936. "Cotton picker. Southern San Joaquin Valley, California." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.


Scrap Cotton

That's what you call "scrap cotton," what's left after a few pickings.

Cotton Fields

I've seen some here in Virginia and in North Carolina and that is one ugly crop.


A great Lange photo with presence and insight.


Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't it? My new granite countertop has a scratch in it and I was all set to complain. Then I saw this.


Excelente. Vaya con Dios, vaya con Dios.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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