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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Passing Remark: 1938

Passing Remark: 1938

August 1938. "Citizens of Columbus, Ohio." View full size. Photograph by Ben Shahn. Image scanned from 35mm nitrate negative.

 

Kentucky: 1935

Kentucky: 1935

October 1935. Coal miner in Jenkins, Kentucky. View full size. Photograph by Ben Shahn. Image scanned from 35mm nitrate negative.

 

Buena: 1939

Buena: 1939

The small town of Buena, Washington, in Yakima County, one of the country's top farming regions. August 1939. View full size. Photo by Dorothea Lange.

 

Imperial Valley: 1937

Imperial Valley: 1937

March 1937. Migratory Mexican field worker's home next to pea field. Imperial Valley, California. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Six Bits a Day: 1938

Six Bits a Day: 1938

June 1938. In Memphis, hundreds of colored laborers congregate near the bridge every morning at daylight in hopes of work chopping cotton on a plantation, where they are taken by truck. Reduced acreage has made employment scarce for this class of seasonal labor in all towns. "You can't live the commonest way on six bits a day. Not alone nor no way. A man like me can't get no foothold. It's a mighty tough old go. The people here in the morning are hungry, raggedy, but they don't make no hungry march." View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

On the Road: 1936

On the Road: 1936

June 1938. Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. "Family walking on highway, five children. Started from Idabel, bound for Krebs. In 1936 the father farmed on thirds and fourths at Eagleton, McCurtain County. Was taken sick with pneumonia and lost farm. Was refused relief in county of 15 years' residence because of temporary residence elsewhere." Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

The Picker's Daughter: 1938

The Picker's Daughter: 1938

November 1938. "Kern County, California. Cotton picker's child listening to speeches of organizer at strike meeting to raise wages from 75 cents to 90 cents a hundred pounds. Strike unsuccessful." View full size. Photo by Dorothea Lange.

 
 
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