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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUENOS AIRES, c. 1950

Russell Lee

The Desperate Hours: 1939

The Desperate Hours: 1939

July 1939. "Detail of square dance in hills near McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. Sharecropper's home." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Suppertime: 1939

Suppertime: 1939

February 1939. "Corpus Christi, Texas. Wife of war veteran living in shantytown on Nueces Bay." The lady last seen here. Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Casa Siete: 1939

Casa Siete: 1939

February 1939. "Shack of war veteran with view along Nueces Bay. Corpus Christi, Texas." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Lard of the Flies: 1938

Lard of the Flies: 1938

May 1938. "Southeast Missouri Farms. Son of sharecropper washing hands." Our title for this photo comes from the things in this photo. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

House & Garden: 1939

House & Garden: 1939

February 1939. "Bench of potted plants at side of home of Mexican day laborer. Near Santa Maria, Texas." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Nicotine, Caffeine, Gasoline: 1939

Nicotine, Caffeine, Gasoline: 1939

June 1939. "Country store. Wagoner County, Oklahoma." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Smooth Sailing: 1939

Smooth Sailing: 1939

February 1939. "Bathroom of tenant purchase house. Hidalgo County, Texas." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Peanut Gallery: 1939

The Peanut Gallery: 1939

June 1939. "Sons of day laborers in tent camp near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. Some of their fathers were agricultural workers and some were dispossessed tenant farmers now on Works Progress Administration. The WPA work is holding many of these former tenant farmers in their communities, but they are all potential migrants. None of these children had ever attended school." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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