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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JEWISH RELIEF CAMPAIGN, 1917

Dorothea Lange

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.

 

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

March 1937. "Four families, three of them related with 15 children, from the Dust Bowl in Texas in an overnight roadside camp near Calipatria, California." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Parched Okies: 1939

Parched Okies: 1939

August 1939. "Drought-stricken farmer and family near Muskogee, Oklahoma. Agricultural day laborer." Wanted: Escalade with tinted glass. Large format negative by Dorothea Lange, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Play Street: 1936

Play Street: 1936

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.

 
 
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