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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA'S SUNNIEST CAPITAL, c1950

Agriculture

Sons of Pomp: 1940

Sons of Pomp: 1940

February 1940. "Sons of Pomp Hall, Negro tenant farmer, drawing water and mixing bran mash to feed the hogs. Creek County, Oklahoma." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Counting Steers: 1940

Counting Steers: 1940

March 1940. "Cowboy asleep in cattle show barn at San Angelo Fat Stock Show. At nearby stock shows the working cowboys bring along their camp beds and sleep in the barns." The tag on our buckaroo's suitcase reads "R.R. Walston." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Pony Show: 1940

Pony Show: 1940

March 1940. "Ring of people watching the judging of horses at the San Angelo Fat Stock Show. Many polo ponies are bred and raised in West Texas." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Pinstripe Cowboy: 1940

Pinstripe Cowboy: 1940

March 1940. "Cowboy resting on hay and rolled-up camp bed in the barn at San Angelo Fat Stock Show." Living the dream in San Angelo, Texas. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Fat Stock Show: 1940

The Fat Stock Show: 1940

March 1940. "Girls at Junior Chamber of Commerce dance during the San Angelo Fat Stock Show. San Angelo, Texas." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Texas Turkeys: 1939

Texas Turkeys: 1939

November 1939. "Selected turkeys on the racks awaiting shipment. Cooperative poultry house in Brownwood, Texas." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Vegetable Kingdom: 1939

Vegetable Kingdom: 1939

September 1939. "Ernest W. Kirk Jr. with his two sons on their farm near Ordway, Colorado. They hold fruits of their farm, coming from their labor, which has placed them in a few months from almost hopeless condition to a family with net worth approaching a thousand dollars." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Off Broadway: 1942

Off Broadway: 1942

September 1942. "Batavia, New York. Elba Farm Security Administration farm labor camp. An old man who has lived all of his life near Broadway, New York City, and who was taken off relief and sent to the Elba FSA camp to work in the harvest. He said, 'There is so much suffering in the world today that mine doesn't seem so much, and I'm doing my best to help bring in Uncle Sam's crops'." 4x5 nitrate negative by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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