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Vintage photos of:
January 1939. "Packing cabbages in truck to go to market, from small truck farm of man from North Carolina. Near Belle Glade, Florida." Bare Beach was an agricultural outpost on the southern shore of Lake Okeechobee. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
November 1938. "Visalia (vicinity), Tulare County, California. Miners' cooperative farm. Ten families have been established on the old ranch of 500 acres, which they operate as a farm unit, raising cotton, alfalfa and dairy products for cash crops." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.