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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Nettie Featherston: 1938

Nettie Featherston: 1938

June 1938. Nettie Featherston, laborer's wife with three children near Childress, Texas. "I just prayed and prayed and prayed all the time that God would take care of us and not let my children starve." View full size | Audio interview.

 

'If You Die, You're Dead - That's All'

'If You Die, You're Dead - That's All'

June 1938. Nettie Featherston, wife of a migratory laborer with three children. Near Childress, Texas. "If you die, you're dead – that's all." View full size. Photo: Dorothea Lange. Bio of Nettie (1898-1984) and audio interview.

 

Migrant Jalopy: 1939

Migrant Jalopy: 1939

U.S. 99 in Kern County on the Tehachapi Ridge. February 1939. Migrant workers travel seasonally back and forth between the Imperial Valley and San Joaquin Valley over this ridge. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange. (The billboard up ahead: "76 miles to GRAPEVINE air cooled cafe.")

 

Dorothea Lange: 1936

Dorothea Lange: 1936

Dorothea Lange, Resettlement Administration photographer, in California atop car with her giant camera. February 1936. View full size.

 

Chapel Hill: 1939

Chapel Hill: 1939

Fourth of July 1939 near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. "Rural filling stations become community centers and general loafing grounds. Cedargrove Team members about to play in a baseball game." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Mud Bowl: 1938

Mud Bowl: 1938

June 1938. Caddo, Oklahoma. Migrants leave the small towns as well as the farms of the southwest. This region is a source of many emigrants to the Pacific Coast. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Tenant Farmer: 1939

Tenant Farmer: 1939

July 1939. Tenant farmer in Chatham County, North Carolina. View full size. Farm Security Administration photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 
 
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