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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE PORT OF NEW YORK, c 1878

Agriculture

Waxahachie Pickers: 1913

Waxahachie Pickers: 1913

October 1913. "Scene on the farm of S.N. Whiteside, near Waxahachie, Texas. Children come out here from the town to pick cotton, outside of school hours. Ages range from 4 and 6 years (ages of the two youngest boys who pick regularly) up to 15 and more. Two adults." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Leafy Greens: 1903

Leafy Greens: 1903

Volusia County, Florida, circa 1903. "Artesian well pumping water for irrigation at Ormond." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Topper in the Beets: 1915

Topper in the Beets: 1915

Oct. 30, 1915. "12-year-old Lahnert boy, near Fort Collins, Colorado, topping beets. The father, mother and two boys (9 and 12) expect to make $700 in two months' time in the beet work. 'The boys can keep up with me all right, and all day long,' the father said. Begin at 6 a.m. and work until 6 p.m. with hour off at noon. Several smaller children do not work. See Hine Report for studies of work done by these and other children." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

The Gardeners: 1936

The Gardeners: 1936

February 1936. "El Monte, California, federal subsistence homesteads. Four in family. Three-room house, $17.70 monthly rent to apply on purchase. Father's occupation: carpenter. Earns seventy dollars a month." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Turkey in the Straw: 1939

Turkey in the Straw: 1939

October 1939. "Temporary buildings on Williams family's new farm. Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Well Wisher: 1937

Well Wisher: 1937

July 1937. "Sharecropper boy near Chesnee, South Carolina." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Can-Can: 1943

Can-Can: 1943

January 1943. "Edgell tomato cannery, New South Wales, Australia." Medium format negative for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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