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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Russell Lee

Dust in the Wind: 1937

Dust in the Wind: 1937

October 1937. "Dust storm near Williston, North Dakota." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Barnyard Buddies: 1936

Barnyard Buddies: 1936

December 1936. "William Helmke farm near Dickens, Iowa." Kittycat and Piglet sharing a Mulesicle. Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Enchanté: 1937

Enchanté: 1937

October 1937. "Family of Joe Kramer, farmer near Williston, North Dakota." Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Dakota Drug: 1937

Dakota Drug: 1937

October 1937. "Drug store. Stanley, North Dakota." Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

No Refills: 1939

No Refills: 1939

January 1939. "Vacant drugstore. Mound Bayou, Mississippi." Ballad of the sad pharmacy. Photo by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Poultry Xing: 1937

Poultry Xing: 1937

February 1937. "During the flood, cows and chickens were moved to the highest ground possible. Near Cache, Illinois." Aftermath of the Ohio River Valley flood. Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Kitchen Nightmare: 1937

Kitchen Nightmare: 1937

June 1937. "Child of Earl Taylor in kitchen of their home near Black River Falls, Wisconsin." Photo by Russell Lee, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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