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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Waiting for the Oranges: 1936

Waiting for the Oranges: 1936

November 1936. "Drought refugee from Polk, Missouri. Awaiting the opening of orange picking season at Porterville, California." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Porterville

He's wearing new clothes. Reminds me of a short piece that John Steinbeck wrote in the 1930s, describing a family of migratory workers he came accross one morning in California. If I recall, life was good for them that morning: they had new clothes and food. They shared breakfast with him.

I hope...

...his life turned out okay and that California turned out to be a happy home. (Does he remind anyone else of Vladimir Putin?)

Landon and Knox

Assuming that is his car, I see by the sticker in his rear window that he did not support Franklin Roosevelt in the election that month.

 
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