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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Russell Lee

Squat-N-Gobble: 1940

Squat-N-Gobble: 1940

September 1940. "Men of the community of Pie Town, New Mexico, eating at the barbeque." Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Pie Town BBQ: 1940

Pie Town BBQ: 1940

September 1940. "Homesteader and his children eating barbeque at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair." Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Pie Town Picnic: 1940

Pie Town Picnic: 1940

September 1940. "Serving up the barbeque at the Pie Town, New Mexico, Fair." Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Madison County, Montana: 1942

Madison County, Montana: 1942

Shepherd with his horse and dog on Gravelly Range, Madison County, Montana. August 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee.

 

Pie Town Quilt II

Pie Town Quilt II

Mrs. Stagg helps her husband in the field with plowing, planting, weeding corn and harvesting beans. She quilts while she rests during the noon hour. Pie Town, N.M. October 1940. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee.

 

Pie Town Sitdown: 1940

Pie Town Sitdown: 1940

The Faro Caudill family eating dinner in their dugout, Pie Town, New Mexico. October 1940. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Jim and Wife: Pie Town, 1940

Jim and Wife: Pie Town, 1940

Homesteaders Jim Norris and wife, Pie Town, New Mexico. October 1940. View full size. This is one of hundreds of pictures taken in Pie Town by Farm Security Administration photographer Russell Lee in 1940.

 
 
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