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Five Plus Pup: 1936

Five Plus Pup: 1936

November 1936. "American River camp, Sacramento, California. Destitute family. Five children, aged two to seventeen years." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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I keep coming back to this one

The amount of sheer happiness going on here is just endless. What a moment captured. It's the kind of photo every photographer lives for.

Preciosa fotografía.

Preciosa fotografía. Gracias por su trabajo.

Thank you

What a wonderful picture. Is it love that makes the world go round or what?

Ah, I love it.

Genuine smiles on those faces, and the pup looks like he wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Money can't buy love

There is still happiness and love among the destitute.


Unconditional love is one of the virtues that make dogs so appealing. They care not about your social standing, wealth, education or profession, they just adore you if you respond to their craving for friendly companionship. This destitute family appreciated the dog in the photo who had no opinion on their poverty, unwashed clothes and lack of material abundance. (In fact, a friend has told me that dogs love you even better when you have NOT had a shower). The troubles facing this smiling group have been forgotten, at least temporarily, as they share the joy of being alive with their grateful canine friend.

Destitute, but not forlorn.

Somehow this picture just makes me happy. I hope things worked out for them.

And yet

there is always love.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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