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

Russell Lee

We Ate the Chickens: 1939

We Ate the Chickens: 1939

June 1939. "Works Progress Administration worker and his wife sitting in front of their shack home on the Arkansas River near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. This man said that last year he thought maybe he would be a little better off when he got the WPA work and had a small amount of cash coming in but that he was worse off now. 'Last year I had a cow and some chickens and I had to sell my cow and eat my chickens. I get worse off every year'." Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Rabies Babies: 1939

Rabies Babies: 1939

June 1939. "Day laborer and his family who live in the Arkansas River bottoms near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. This entire family was taking anti-rabic serum after drinking milk from a cow which had rabies. There were no public funds for this treatment and a local man was financing it." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

T for Three: 1939

T for Three: 1939

June 1939. "Migrant workers eating dinner by the side of their car (Ford Model T) while they are camped near Prague, Lincoln County, Oklahoma." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Last Roundup: 1939

The Last Roundup: 1939

May 1939. "Ranch owner's son resting after the roundup. Cattle ranch near Marfa, Texas." Photo: Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Night Service: 1939

Night Service: 1939

April 1939. San Augustine, Texas. "Oil and gasoline service station at night." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

City Grocery: 1939

City Grocery: 1939

April 1939. "Wholesale truck in front of grocery store. San Augustine, Texas." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Lone Star Slugger: 1939

Lone Star Slugger: 1939

April 1939. "Baseball game in San Augustine, Texas." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Comic Con: 1939

Comic Con: 1939

        The comic: "The Circus and Sue," by Claire S. Moe.

April 1939. San Augustine, Texas. "Grade-school boys making books of comic strips." Photo by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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