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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

Dorothea Lange

Starter House: 1939

Starter House: 1939

October 1939. "Home of one member of Ola self-help sawmill co-op, Gem County, Idaho. 'She likes to sit in the door and watch the geese'." Seen earlier here. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Coal Miner's Daughter: 1936

Coal Miner's Daughter: 1936

November 1936. "Home of Tennessee family of seven, now migratory workers living in camp outside of Sacramento, California. Father was coal miner in Tennessee but when the mines were not working received two days a week relief work. 'Thought we could make it better out here'." The coal miner's daughter, previously seen here. Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Lucky Pups: 1938

Lucky Pups: 1938

November 1938. "Shafter Camp for migrants, California. Cotton picker's children who live in a tent in the government camp instead of along the highway or in a ditch." Photo by Dorothea Lange, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Full Service: 1937

Full Service: 1937

July 1937. "Georgia road signs." Photo by Dorothea Lange, evidently a connoisseur of juxtapositional humor. View full size.

 

San Fran: 1939

San Fran: 1939

April 1939. "San Francisco, California, seen from the First Street ramp of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge." Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Seven Loaves: 1939

Seven Loaves: 1939

August 1939. "A corner of the T.P. Schrock kitchen in their new home. Yakima Valley, Wash." Putting the yeast in yesterday, which would be only "erdy" without it. Photo by Dorothea Lange, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Trunk Show: 1936

Trunk Show: 1936

Feb. 1936. "Drought refugees in California." Dust Bowl migrants photographed by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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