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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Russell Lee

Fiesta Bawl: 1940

Fiesta Bawl: 1940

A Spanish-American fiesta in Taos, New Mexico. Photograph by Russell Lee, July, 1940. View full size.

 

The Summer of ’41

The Summer of ’41

July 1941. Sun bathers at the park swimming pool in Caldwell, Idaho. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

California Here We Come: 1939

California Here We Come: 1939

July 1939 near Muskogee, Oklahoma. Elmer Thomas at the wheel. Ready to depart for the journey to California. View full size. Photograph by Russell Lee.

 

Black and White: 1939

Black and White: 1939

July 1939. "Negro drinking at 'colored' water cooler in Oklahoma City streetcar terminal." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 

OK City: 1939

OK City: 1939

July 1939. Woman with children at streetcar terminal in Oklahoma City. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Okie Near Muskogee: 1939

Okie Near Muskogee: 1939

July 1939. "Elmer Thomas, migrant to California, tying sack of laundry onto front lamp bracket near Muskogee, Oklahoma." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration.

 

Jumpers: 1941

Jumpers: 1941

April 1941. Children jumping rope on the sidewalk of a South Side Chicago street. View full size. Printed from a 35mm nitrate negative shot by Russell Lee.

 
 
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