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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Home Is Where the Tent Is: 1939

Home Is Where the Tent Is: 1939

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.

 

Ola Baby: 1939

Ola Baby: 1939

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.

 

Spud Cellar: 1939

Spud Cellar: 1939

October 1939. Tavern on main street of potato town during harvest season. Merrill, Oregon. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Gem County: 1939

Gem County: 1939

October 1939. Gem County, Idaho. Former Jackknife saloon and stagecoach tavern, now the temporary home of a member of the Ola self-help sawmill co-op. Until 1914 the stagecoach used to stop here to change horses and for the refreshment of travelers. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Sunshine Girls: 1923

Sunshine Girls: 1923

"Sunshine Girls" of Washington, D.C. July 19, 1923. The view is across either the Tidal Basin or Potomac River, with the Lincoln Memorial visible in the distance. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

The Boys of Summer: 1923

The Boys of Summer: 1923

"Boys playing baseball." March 21, 1923 (more like the boys of late winter/early spring). View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Ruby, Alaska: 1915

Ruby, Alaska: 1915

Stern-wheelers Louise and Delta on the Yukon River circa 1915 at the Gold Rush supply center of Ruby, Alaska, which at its peak was home to some 3,000 people. A fire in 1929 and flood two years later obliterated much of the town, which today has fewer than 200 residents. View full size. Lomen Bros. photo.

 
 
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