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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Feeling Low in Toppenish: 1939

Feeling Low in Toppenish: 1939

August 1939. "Sick migrant child. Washington, Yakima Valley, Toppenish." The daughter of migrant laborers harvesting hops in Washington State. Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.

 

Zollie Lyons: 1939

Zollie Lyons: 1939

July 1939. "Zollie Lyons, Negro sharecropper, home from the field for dinner at noontime, with his wife and part of his family. Note dog run. Wake County, North Carolina." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.

 

Nathan, Sleepy and Weldon: 1942

Nathan, Sleepy and Weldon: 1942

From February 1942, another of Arthur Rothstein's photos of the Drake family entertaining at a Saturday night dance for the Farm Security Administration's resettlement camp at Weslaco, Texas, home to many farm families displaced by the droughts and bankruptcies of the Dust Bowl years. The fiddle player is Nathan Drake; on banjo and guitar are his sons Jasper ("Sleepy") and Weldon. Thanks to Jasper's daughters Connie and Janette for providing the names. View full size. (I'm having a Shorpy family moment here, having heard from the photographer's daughter, Annie Rothstein-Segan, and now Jasper's daughters. Life is a circle.)

 

Country Kitchen: 1939

Country Kitchen: 1939

July 1939. Whitfield family. Wife of tobacco sharecropper drying the baby after its bath in the kitchen. Person County, North Carolina, near Gordonton. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.

 

Set a Spell: 1939

Set a Spell: 1939

July 1939. Gordonton, N.C. "Country store on dirt road. Sunday afternoon. Note kerosene pump on the right and the gasoline pump on the left. Rough, unfinished timber posts have been used as supports for porch roof. Negro men sitting on the porch. Brother of store owner stands in doorway." 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Bertha May Graf: 1921

Bertha May Graf: 1921

February 5, 1921. "Miss Bertha May Graf, chosen the prettiest girl at suffrage headquarters in Washington, will be chief flower girl at the National Woman's Party convention." Miss Graf resides at 1429 Longfellow Street NW in the District of Columbia. View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company.

 

A Distant Crossing: 1865

A Distant Crossing: 1865

Spring 1865. Children on Canal Bridge at the foot of Seventh Street in Richmond after the fall of the city. Left half of a glass-plate stereograph. View full size.

 
 
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