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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Williams County IV: 1937

Williams County IV: 1937

November 1937. Pupil in rural school. Williams County, North Dakota. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Sunday Paper: 1936

Sunday Paper: 1936

December 1936. Daughter reading a Sunday paper at the Rustan Brothers farm near Dickens, Iowa. Two hundred forty acres, crop share lease, owned by Metropolitan Life. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 

Hector's Palace of Sweets: 1937

Hector's Palace of Sweets: 1937

November 1937. Neon sign for Hector’s Palace of Sweets Cafe in Crosby, North Dakota. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Full House: 1936

Full House: 1936

November 1936 near Dickens, Iowa. Three-room shack, the residence of L.H. Nissen, hired man for a tenant farmer. Farm is owned by a loan company. Ten people live in the shack: mother, father, seven children, one grandchild. Medium format negative by Russell Lee, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

High Water: 1937

High Water: 1937

January 1937. Young flood refugee asleep in a schoolhouse at Sikeston, Missouri. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administ'n.

 

Ghost Horse: 1936

Ghost Horse: 1936

December 1936. Farm horse in Woodbury County, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Dickens, Iowa: 1936

Dickens, Iowa: 1936

December 1936. Mother and child in the home of L.H. Nissen, hired man. He is married, has seven children, one grandchild, all living together in a three-room shack near Dickens, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 
 
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