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October 1939. "The Fairbanks family has moved to three different places on the project in one year." Willow Creek area, Malheur County, Oregon. Photograph by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
October 1939. Wife and baby of of the Ola self-help sawmill co-op president in the doorway of their home. Gem County, Idaho. View full size. Scanned from a 4x5 inch nitrate negative photographed by Dorothea Lange.
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