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Vintage photos of:
November 1938. "Visalia (vicinity), Tulare County, California. Miners' cooperative farm. Ten families have been established on the old ranch of 500 acres, which they operate as a farm unit, raising cotton, alfalfa and dairy products for cash crops." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
August 1952. "Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz with their daughter, Lucie, in swimming pool at their home in Palm Springs." Kodachrome by Charlotte Brooks for the Look magazine assignment "The Real Lucy." Happy Mother's Day from Shorpy! View full size.