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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.
December 1936. Remains of horse that died of compaction [intestinal blockage] due to poor feed. William Butler's farm near Anthon, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration.
June 1939. Migrant children heading west in the back seat of the family car somewhere east of Fort Gibson in Muskogee County, Oklahoma. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.
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