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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Russell Lee

Now for the Tricky Part: 1942

Now for the Tricky Part: 1942

May 1942. "Working on the nose of an engine on an interceptor plane. Lake Muroc, California." Photo by Russell Lee for the OWI. View full size.

 

The Old Bus: 1937

The Old Bus: 1937

October 1937. "Old school bus. Williams County, North Dakota." Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Family Time: 1939

Family Time: 1939

February 1939. "White migrant family in trailer home near Edinburg, Texas." Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

The Law of God: 1939

The Law of God: 1939

February 1939. "Child of migrant sitting by kitchen cabinet in tent home near Edinburg, Texas." Ten Commandments, meet Jersey Creamery. Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Fiddling With Bias: 1939

Fiddling With Bias: 1939

February 1939. "Mr. Bias, former cowboy, now travels around the country in a trailer. Has private income. Weslaco, Texas." What does Mr. Bias play? Why, he plays favorites! Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Admin. View full size.

 

Ice Inc.: 1939

Ice Inc.: 1939

February 1939. "Ice for sale. Harlingen, Texas." Pointy pick? Check. Telephone? Yes. Cash register? Yew betcha. Ginormous ball of twine? Natch. Big block of you-know-what? Right here. Snazzy socks to seal the deal? Done and done. Looks like we are in the ice business! Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Homeschooled: 1939

Homeschooled: 1939

January 1939. "Negro sharecropper mother teaching children numbers and alphabet in home. Transylvania, Louisiana." Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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