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American Gothic: 1935
... October 1935. "Rural rehabilitation clients. Boone County, Arkansas." 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Resettlement Administration. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/05/2009 - 2:01am -

American Gothic: 1935

Fast Food: 1938
... a purchase at traveling grocery store. Forrest City, Arkansas." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the ... well-beloved "Lum & Abner" radio program (also set in Arkansas) featured a storyline in 1938 (same as this photo) in which the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/23/2008 - 4:01pm -

Fast Food: 1938

Road Tripping: 1952
... before our previous photo was made at Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Where are we now? 35mm Kodachrome by Hubert Tuttle; paint by Dr. ... then, the way to get from Minnesota to Eureka Springs, Arkansas was along Highway 65. Given that people in 1952 didn't travel as far ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/02/2014 - 3:09pm -

Road Tripping: 1952

Walk Your Horse: 1910
Little Rock, Arkansas, circa 1910. "View from the Free Bridge." The sign: YOU MUST WALK YOUR ... The Fones building that was renovated as the Central Arkansas library is farther east (at 100 S. Rock Street). This one would have ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2012 - 7:13pm -

Walk Your Horse: 1910

Follow the Finger: 1908
Hot Springs, Arkansas, circa 1908. "Army and Navy General Hospital." Closer to the camera on ... replaced in the 1950s by a V.A. facility that became the Arkansas Rehabilitation Center. I spent three months there in 1972 after ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/21/2012 - 11:19am -

Follow the Finger: 1908

Hotel Pullman: 1900
Hot Springs, Arkansas, circa 1900. "The Hotel Pullman." HELP WANTED: Sidewalk jockey with ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/17/2014 - 11:42pm -

Hotel Pullman: 1900

Black and White: 1958
... via television during the period that the Little Rock (Arkansas) schools were closed to avoid integration." September 1958. View ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/26/2008 - 8:28pm -

Black and White: 1958

Hill House: 1936
... the Southern Tenants Farmers Union were evicted from the Arkansas plantation of C.H. Dibble. Aside from the violence met by the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/13/2008 - 1:27am -

Hill House: 1936

Family Porchrait: 1939
January 1939. Chicot Farms, Arkansas. "Husband and wife on porch of farm house." Photo by Russell Lee, Farm ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/24/2012 - 12:53pm -

Family Porchrait: 1939

New Capital: 1910
Little Rock, Arkansas, circa 1910. "New Capital Hotel, Markham Street." A century later the ... photo was taken it likely had an unimpeded view of the Arkansas River from that second floor balcony. You can probably still see ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/20/2015 - 11:08am -

New Capital: 1910

Oops: 1905
... SYLVANIA was towed out of the Frog Pond by the harbor tugs ARKANSAS and WYOMING. She was handed over to the tug OHIO for delivery to the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/21/2012 - 10:50am -

Oops: 1905

Pure and Simple: 1958
Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1958, in the midst of that city's school integration crisis. No ... Everything is not as it seems My father was in the Arkansas National Guard during this, and my Aunt was a student at Central High ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/10/2013 - 6:59pm -

Pure and Simple: 1958

My Party Dress: 1939
... after this photo. Her family was plenty poor in rural Arkansas, but did manage to stay home while her father left for out-of-state ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/26/2012 - 8:43pm -

My Party Dress: 1939

Crusty Schmidt: 1917
... father was an employee of Colonial Bakery in Fort Smith, Arkansas during WWII. The bakery provided bread for nearby Camp (later Fort, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/26/2012 - 11:43am -

Crusty Schmidt: 1917

Route 99: 1939
... during the Depression too as a migrant worker in the Arkansas-Oklahoma-Texas border area. An interesting aside: In the late 1960s ... when they emigrated to California from Oklahoma and Arkansas. Particularly Sad There is something uniquely sad about this ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/21/2012 - 10:50pm -

Route 99: 1939

Hot Springs: 1900
Circa 1900. "Central Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas." Note the flowing tap in the foreground. 8x10 inch glass negative, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/20/2012 - 3:19pm -

Hot Springs: 1900

Holdouts: 1935
... 1935. "One of the few remaining inhabitants of Zinc, Arkansas, deserted mining town." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/04/2008 - 2:53am -

Holdouts: 1935

Migrant Mother: 1940
... July 1940. Berrien County, Michigan. "Migrant woman from Arkansas in roadside camp of cherry pickers." 35mm nitrate negative by John ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/17/2011 - 8:09pm -

Migrant Mother: 1940

Slice of Life: 1910
Continuing our tour of Little Rock, Arkansas, circa 1910. "West 2nd Street residences." 8x10 inch glass negative, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/08/2012 - 2:29pm -

Slice of Life: 1910

Tough Enough: 1936
... home and connections in South Texas, and hope to reach the Arkansas Delta for work in the cotton fields. Penniless people. No food and ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/05/2012 - 6:22am -

Tough Enough: 1936

The Waukesha: 1905
... "Waukesha Hotel and Rector Bath House -- Hot Springs, Arkansas." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/29/2015 - 1:19pm -

The Waukesha: 1905

Hello, Internet: 1935
October 1935. Cotton picker in Pulaski County, Arkansas. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/07/2008 - 12:42am -

Hello, Internet: 1935

Show Boat: 1900
... Eclipse in 1916. Lost on a snag in 1925 at Osceola, Arkansas. (The Gallery, Boats & Bridges, DPC, Memphis) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/02/2012 - 5:24pm -

Show Boat: 1900

Slim and Slimmer: 1923
... above paragraph I read in the paper where the AA Arkansas Traveler ball club has a pitcher that is 7 ft 1. Not only is he the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/29/2014 - 4:45pm -

Slim and Slimmer: 1923

Royal Gorge: 1900
Colorado circa 1900. "In the Royal Gorge, Arkansas River, Rio Grande Southern Railway." 8x10 glass negative by William ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/12/2013 - 12:23pm -

Royal Gorge: 1900

Robert Hill: 1943
... Same name, born 1892 in Arkansas, fled to Kansas and worked in a meat plant in Topeka..... Could ... Hill -- 1940 US Census Robert Hill, born about 1900 in Arkansas, was married to a Mattie (born about 1903, in Arkansas). Five children, two boys named Wilson (age 17, born in Kansas) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/25/2009 - 1:57am -

Robert Hill: 1943

Look Gives You Lemons: 1957
October 1957. "The Lemon family of Little Rock, Arkansas -- father Fred, mother Edith, daughters Virginia and Rosemary, and son ... Interweb. I can locate only one obit for a Fred Lemon in Arkansas later than 1935, and this one seems to match up. Wife's name is right, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/22/2014 - 1:48pm -

Look Gives You Lemons: 1957

A Paler Shade of White: 1959
... and white Galaxie that year which we made a trip to Arkansas and Missouri in. The lady's lovely legs make determining the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/02/2014 - 9:03pm -

A Paler Shade of White: 1959

Ride This Train: 1968
Johnny Cash in 1968, near the Arkansas farm where he grew up. Going to Memphis, no doubt. From photos by Joel ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/12/2014 - 10:56pm -

Ride This Train: 1968

Big Brother: 1935
... Children of rehabilitation client, Maria Plantation, Arkansas. October 1935. View full size. Farm Security Administration ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/07/2011 - 7:47pm -

Big Brother: 1935
 
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