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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Agriculture

Transplant: 1939

Transplant: 1939

October 1939. "Oklahoman, worked three years as farm laborer, starts next year on his own place. Quit school after third day. Can neither read nor write. Is 'best farm laborer' this farmer ever had. Near Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

The Merry Strikers: 1938

The Merry Strikers: 1938

August 1938. "Picket line at the King Farm strike near Morrisville, Pennsylvania. Negro and white agricultural workers striking against an hourly wage of 17 to 20 cents." Medium format negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

A Bumper Crop: 1939

A Bumper Crop: 1939

October 1939. "Garden Park, Fremont County, Colorado. Mrs. R.C. Williams, wife of FSA borrower." An obvious connoisseur of corn. Medium-format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Baby Squash: 1939

Baby Squash: 1939

October 1939. "Mrs. Calvin Brown, wife of Farm Security Administration borrower, with grandson in garden near Eaton, Colorado." It may be time to revise the cabbage-leaf theory. Photo by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Call Me Bossy: 1936

Call Me Bossy: 1936

April 1936. "Ropesville Farms, Texas. United States Resettlement Administration rural rehabilitation project." Moooo. Photo by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Carries Cranberries: 1910

Carries Cranberries: 1910

September 28, 1910. Browns Mills, New Jersey. "Smallest girl is 10-year-old Rosie Biodo, 1216 Annan St., Philadelphia. Carries cranberries at White's Bog. This is the fourth week of school in Philadelphia, and the people here expect to remain here two weeks more." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

The Reapers: 1936

The Reapers: 1936

July 1936. "Harvesting oats. Clayton, Indiana, south of Indianapolis." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 
 
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