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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WHEN WE'RE WRONG, LET'S SAY SO: 1929

Agriculture

Jolly Rancher: 1941

Jolly Rancher: 1941

September 1941. "Frank E. Hagemeister, treasurer of the cooperative association on Scottsbluff Farmsteads, Farm Security Administration project. He has been here since 1937. He came from around Crawford, Nebraska, an extremely dry section with no irrigation." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Family Farmers: 1936

Family Farmers: 1936

December 1936. "William Helmke, wife, baby, and brother live in one-room shack on ninety-acre farm near Dickens, Iowa, owned by lawyer." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Locally Grown: 1918

Locally Grown: 1918

The Bay Area in 1918. "Service truck and greens." Eucalyptus trees and some sort of leafy vegetable. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Golden Eagle: 1921

Golden Eagle: 1921

Sept. 26, 1921. "Ford tractor demonstration." Another look at the plowing bee held on the Washington, D.C., estate of former Maryland senator Blair Lee. A photo in the Washington Star identifies this young lady as "Miss Myrtle Lewton of Takoma, Md., Golden Eagle Girl Scout who received her decoration from the Queen of Belgium." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Farmville: 1952

Farmville: 1952

"Air view of Claude's farm -- April 27 1952." 35mm Kodachrome by Hubert Tuttle, traveling in Leslie's plane somewhere over Minnesota. View full size.

 

Sun Belt: 1937

Sun Belt: 1937

January 1937. "Deerfield, Florida. Migrant agricultural worker from Oklahoma." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Cow Boy: 1942

Cow Boy: 1942

July 1942. East Montpelier, Vermont. "Conrad Ormsbee with automatic electric milkers. His father agreed to increase his Jersey herd from 25 to 30 milkers to aid in the Food for Freedom program." Photo by Fritz Henle. View full size.

 
 
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