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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • HALL OF SCIENCE, 1934 WORLD'S FAIR

Agriculture

Sharecropper Shack: 1936

Sharecropper Shack: 1936

May 1936. "Sharecropper's family in Mississippi County, Missouri. Typical sharecropper shack with crop entirely surrounding house." Medium format nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Canefield Nine: 1936

Canefield Nine: 1936

June 1936. "Derrick, characteristic sight in Louisiana cane field. Used to transfer cane from wagons to trucks for transportation to sugar mills." Medium format negative by Carl Mydans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Squeaky Wheel: 1918

The Squeaky Wheel: 1918

Oakland, Calif., circa 1918. "Orchard tractor demonstration -- Fageol Motors Co. 'Walking Tractor'." Latest entry in the Shorpy Catalog of Agricultural Anachron­isms. 8x10 inch glass negative by Cheney Photo Advertising Co. View full size.

 

Walking Tractor: 1918

Walking Tractor: 1918

Oakland, Calif., circa 1918. "Walking Tractor -- Fageol orchard tractor demonstration." Latest entry in the Shorpy Catalogue of Curious Contraptions. 8x10 glass negative by the Cheney Photo Advertising Co. View full size.

 

Reinventing the Wheel: 1918

Reinventing the Wheel: 1918

Oakland, 1918. "Crating Fageol 'walking tractors' at factory." Our first look at an unusual agricultural implement. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Cabbage Patch Kids: 1943

Cabbage Patch Kids: 1943

June 1943. Oswego, New York. "Children recruited for farm work during the summer, waiting to start for work outside the U.S. Employment Service." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Trabajadores Mexicanos: 1943

Trabajadores Mexicanos: 1943

May 1943. "Stockton, California. Mexican agricultural laborers who have come to help harvest beets eating their lunch." Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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