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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Shacktown Kids: 1939

Shacktown Kids: 1939

August 1939. Yakima Valley, Washington. Shacktown community, mostly families from Kansas and Missouri. This family has five children, oldest in third grade. Rent $7 per month, no plumbing. Husband earns Work Projects Administration wages, $44 per month. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

An interesting comparison

That figure of $44 per month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Inflation calculator ... converts to just over $152 per week in 2007 dollars.
This calculator is a nifty little tool
http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

Dale

 
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