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Dust Bowl Kids: 1936

Dust Bowl Kids: 1936

"Children of Oklahoma drought refugee in migratory camp in California." November 1936. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

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Result of "Russian liberation" in Ukraine:

If you could read Russian...

Amazingly, this photo and three others from The Great Depression USA were presented in Ukraine... as part of an exposition dedicated to 1930's hunger.
Organizers used them to prove a genocide against ukrainians. In addition, there were two shots from Volga region.
Links for reference:

Google translation to English:

Link 1 ("SBU Caught Counterfeiting")
Link 2 ("Falsified Exhibition")

[These kids are definitely not in Ukraine. My advice to Shorpy: "Avoid foreign entanglements." - Dave]

Ukrainian Security Service 2

Hi guys,

This photo have been used by SBU (Ukrainian Security Service), that tries to prove the Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine. More about (in Russian):

They Look Like...

...normal kids who just got out of a hot car after driving for days. I grew up in and have retired now in would be nice if someone showed Oklahomans as anything other than frowning miserable people. Funny how 5 million "Okies" moved west in the 30's from a state with only 1 million people! People are as normal here as anywhere else--I lived in other states for 30 years--I know.

Dust Bowl Kids

This photograph is heartbreaking. The children look old beyond their years. The girls eyes look so vacant, so full of despair. These children experienced some real heartache.

Perfect title!

They look like my son when he gets home from playing!

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