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June 1936. "Background photo for Hightstown project. Play street for children. Sixth Street and Avenue C, New York City. The Solomon family who are to be resettled at Hightstown, New Jersey, live in this neighborhood. This Resettlement Administration project includes 250 homes, 414 acres of farmland, a modern factory, utilities including water system, recreation area and lake. Each family will have a modern home and an opportunity to work in a cooperative factory. Also a small plot of land for raising garden vegetables." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.
June 1936. "View out of rear window tenement dwelling of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Solomon, 133 Avenue D, New York City. The Solomon family are all on the accepted list for resettlement at Hightstown, New Jersey." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.
1939. "Fourth of July near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Rural filling stations become community centers and general loafing grounds. The men in the baseball suits are on a local team which will play a game nearby. They are called the Cedargrove Team." Medium-format negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.