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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • HANKO SEA SPA: 1946

Dorothea Lange

Citrus Seedling: 1936

Citrus Seedling: 1936

November 1936. "Drought refugee from Polk, Missouri. Awaiting the opening of orange picking season at Porterville, California." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Veteran Hobo: 1938

Veteran Hobo: 1938

December 1938. "Napa Valley, California. More than 25 years a bindlestiff. Walks from the mines to the lumber camps to the farms. The type that formed the backbone of the Industrial Workers of the World in California before the war." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Bronx Baby Buggies: 1936

Bronx Baby Buggies: 1936

June 1936. "Bronx, New York. Background photo for Hightstown project. Many of the future Hightstown settlers are now living in the Bronx district. This is the street on which Mr. Morris Back and family, certified applicant for resettlement, now live." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration, whose plan to move hundreds of Eastern European, mostly Jewish, immigrants from New York to rural New Jersey met with a resounding meh. View full size.

 

Transplant: 1939

Transplant: 1939

October 1939. "Oklahoman, worked three years as farm laborer, starts next year on his own place. Quit school after third day. Can neither read nor write. Is 'best farm laborer' this farmer ever had. Near Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Daddy's Little Farmer: 1939

Daddy's Little Farmer: 1939

October 1939. "Mr. Dougherty and one of the children. Warm Springs district, Malheur County, Oregon." Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

A Nice Round Number: 1935

A Nice Round Number: 1935

October 1935. Marysville, California. "Agricultural worker in migrant camp figuring his year's earnings," i.e. a rubber check. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Shovel-Ready: 1937

Shovel-Ready: 1937

February 1937. Calipatria, California. Native of Indiana in a migratory labor contractor's camp. "It's root hog or die for us folks." Large format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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