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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Dorothea Lange

The Reapers: 1936

The Reapers: 1936

July 1936. "Harvesting oats. Clayton, Indiana, south of Indianapolis." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Tough Enough: 1936

Tough Enough: 1936

August 1936. "Family between Dallas and Austin. The people have left their home and connections in South Texas, and hope to reach the Arkansas Delta for work in the cotton fields. Penniless people. No food and three gallons of gas in the tank. The father is trying to repair a tire. Three children. Father says, 'It's tough but life's tough anyway you take it.'" Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Pineapples on Parade: 1936

Pineapples on Parade: 1936

June 1936. "Center Market -- Washington, D.C." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Seafood Special: 1936

Seafood Special: 1936

June 1936. Memphis, Tennessee. The somewhat cryptic (not to mention racist) caption for this one is recorded as "Coon dawgling." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Sunday Best: 1936

Sunday Best: 1936

July 1936. "Mississippi Delta. Negro woman carrying her shoes home from church." Last seen here. Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Traveling Light: 1936

Traveling Light: 1936

August 1936. "Example of self-resettlement in California. Oklahoma farm family on highway between Blythe and Indio. Forced by the drought of 1936 to abandon their farm, they set out with their children to drive to California. Picking cotton in Arizona for a day or two at a time gave them enough for food and gas to continue. On this day they were within a day's travel of their destination, Bakersfield. Their car had broken down en route and was abandoned." Medium-format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Hoe Culture: 1936

Hoe Culture: 1936

July 1936. "Hoe culture in the South. Poor white, North Carolina." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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