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Waiting for the Oranges: 1936

Waiting for the Oranges: 1936

November 1936. "Drought refugee from Polk, Missouri. Awaiting the opening of orange picking season at Porterville, California." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Where's Adolf?

Where's Adolf?

May 1942. Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. "Hitler would like this man to go home and forget about the war. A good American non-com at the side machine gun of a huge YB-17 bomber is a man who knows his business and works hard at it." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency: Alfred Palmer.

 

The Simple Life: 1936

The Simple Life: 1936

December 1936. "Washstand in house occupied by married hired hand and his wife. Harry Madsen farm near Dickens, Iowa. Three hundred sixty acres, owner-operated." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 

Country Kitchen: 1936

Country Kitchen: 1936

December 1936. "Farmer's wife churning butter. Emmet County, Iowa." Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

In From the Fields: 1936

In From the Fields: 1936

August 1936. "Migrant cotton pickers at lunchtime. Near Robstown, Texas." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Plucky: 1936

Plucky: 1936

December 1936. "Wife of owner-operator and wife of hired hand cleaning chickens in cellar preparatory to canning them. Chickens at this time of year are bringing six cents per pound. These are for roasting. Harry Madsen farm, near Dickens, Iowa. 360 acres, owner operated." Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Don't Stop Believing: 1936

Don't  Stop Believing: 1936

November 1936. Eighty-year-old woman living in squatters' camp on the outskirts of Bakersfield, California. "If you lose your pluck you lose the most there is in you -- all you've got to live with." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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