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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Agriculture

Ten Families: 1938

Ten Families: 1938

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.

 

Chew on This: 1938

Chew on This: 1938

May 1938. "Cow at Wabash Farms cooperative, Indiana." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Indian Summer: 1941

Indian Summer: 1941

Fall 1941. Jackson, Michigan. "Soldier granted a furlough to help with harvesting on this farm, watching threshing." Photo by Arthur Siegel. View full size.

 

Bottomley's Berry Farm: 1909

Bottomley's Berry Farm: 1909

July 1909. "Mrs. Bissie and family (Polish). Bottomley Farm, Rock Creek. They all work in the berry fields near Baltimore in summer and have worked at Biloxi, Mississippi, for two years." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Fruit Tramp: 1936

Fruit Tramp: 1936

July 1936. "Many fruit tramps live in tents like these. Yakima, Washington." Slang for the itinerant agricultural workers, many of them Dust Bowl refugees, who picked apples, pears and cherries in the Pacific Northwest. Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

American Picker: 1936

American Picker: 1936

July 1936. "Picking cherries. Yakima, Washington." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Tater Tot: 1940

Tater Tot: 1940

October 1940. "Near Caribou, Maine. The opening of school was delayed in sections of Aroostook County so children could help pick potatoes." Does this beat Introduction to Algebra? Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
 
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