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Vintage photos of:
January 1941. "Guest at Sarasota, Florida, trailer park, beside her garden made of shells and odds and ends. The camp has garden club for members organized for the purpose of making the surroundings attractive." So, not all the girls in Florida around 1940 were picking tomatoes. Some were the tomatoes. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
June 1940. "Some of the younger Osceola migratory camp members who have come to the Belle Glade post office for their mail." From photos by Marion Post Wolcott documenting a Farm Security Administration camp for migrants working in Florida's vegetable fields and tomato canneries. View full size.
1950. From photographs by Stanley Kubrick for the Look magazine article "The Debutante Who Went to Work": "Socialite model/actress Betsy Von Furstenberg attending a weekend house party. Includes Von Furstenberg, hostess Sandra Stralem and other young women in ball gowns." View full size.