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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Portraits

Tenant Farmer: 1939

Tenant Farmer: 1939

July 1939. Tenant farmer in Chatham County, North Carolina. View full size. Farm Security Administration photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Sick Baby: 1939

Sick Baby: 1939

April 1939. Farm Security Administration migrant camp at Westley, California. Migrant mother with sick baby and agricultural workers medical association card. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Peach Picker: 1936

Peach Picker: 1936

July 1936. Peach picker in Musella, Georgia. Earns 75 cents a day. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

The Cat in the Hat: 1939

The Cat in the Hat: 1939

August 1939. Yakima Valley near Wapato, Washington. Farm Security Administration client Chris Adolph. "My father made me work. That was his mistake, he made me work too hard. I learned about farming but nothing out of the books." View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

Today, the first installment of another selection of photos by Dorothea Lange of Midwesterners en route from the drought-stricken farms of the 1930s Dust Bowl to California, Oregon, Washington and the South. The captions are hers.

 

Lady in the Water: 1947

Lady in the Water: 1947

A model floating in the water at Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida. The image by fashion photographer Toni Frissell was published in Harper's Bazaar in December 1947. Mug | Weeki Wachee Mermaids | View full size.

 

Me & Mrs. Grillo: 1948

Me & Mrs. Grillo: 1948

"Me and Mrs. Grillo." Circa 1948 Anscochrome transparency of my grandmother (on the left) at her house in Miami Shores with Mrs. Grillo, who rented a garage apartment there. View full size.

Stingy Mille

Stingy Mille

"Beggar, New York City." Circa 1912. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Note cryptic graffiti chalked on building.

 
 
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