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June 1939. Tygart Valley, West Virginia. Homesteaders' daughters in a potato field. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. File this under "1970s album covers that never were."
October 1939. Western Pacific tracks through the unclaimed desert of northern Oregon, 10 miles from the railroad station at Irrigon. View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.
June 1940. "Ice cream party at Pie Town, New Mexico. Ice cream is a great treat for someone who must drive thirty or forty miles for ice." View full size. Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.
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