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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BANFF NATIONAL PARK, 1936

Dorothea Lange

Must Have Work or Food: 1936

Must Have Work or Food: 1936

November 1936. "Destitute family. American River camp near Sacramento, Calif. Five children aged 2 to 17." A long shot of the camp seen in the previous post. Note the sign next to the stove. Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

When I Was a Kid: 1936

When I Was a Kid: 1936

November 1936. "American River camp near Sacramento, California. Children of destitute family. Five children aged two to seventeen." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

That Boy of Mine: 1936

That Boy of Mine: 1936

November 1936. Continuing the story of Mama's family. "Depression refugee family from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Arrived in California June 1936. Mother and three half-grown children; no father. Says the mother: 'Anybody wants to work can get by. But if a person loses their faith in the soil like so many of them back there in Oklahoma, then there ain't no hope for them. We're making it all right here, all but for the schooling, 'cause that boy of mine, he wants to go to the University'." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Mama's Family: 1936

Mama's Family: 1936

November 1936. "Depression refugee family from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Arrived in California June 1936. Mother and three half-grown children; no father." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Young Family, Penniless: 1936

Young Family, Penniless: 1936

November 1936. "Young family, penniless, hitchhiking on U.S. Highway 99 in California. The father, 24, and the mother, 17, came from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Early in 1935 their baby was born in the Imperial Valley, California, where they were working as field laborers." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Kern County Camp: 1936

Kern County Camp: 1936

November 1936. "View of Kern County migrant camp. California." One of the many Depression-era tent camps run by the Farm Security Administration that served as way stations for Dust Bowl migrants from the Midwest who found work picking crops in the citrus groves and vegetable fields of the West Coast. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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