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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Agriculture

Mexican Migrants: 1939

Mexican Migrants: 1939

October 1939. Neches, Texas. "Mexican migrants drinking cold drinks and buying candy at filling station where the truck taking them to their homes in the Rio Grande Valley has stopped. They had been picking cotton in Mississippi." Photograph by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Shoofly Hangers: 1939

Shoofly Hangers: 1939

July 1939. "Son of tenant farmer hanging up strung tobacco inside the barn. Shoofly, North Carolina." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Dead Ox Express: 1939

Dead Ox Express: 1939

October 1939. Malheur County, Oregon. "Siphon, the world's longest, which carries water five miles to Dead Ox Flat. It is eight feet in diameter." 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.

 

Jasper County: 1940

Jasper County: 1940

May 1940. Corn planting in Jasper County, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Got a Light?

Got a Light?

July 1939. Person County, North Carolina. A tobacco curing barn ready for "putting in," with fuel stacked on either side. The sticks are fed in through the small openings at the base. Piece of sheet iron on the left is used to cover the opening of the furnace when starting the fire. View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Where the Grapefruit Grow: 1937

Where the Grapefruit Grow: 1937

January 1937. "Part of the family of a migrant fruit worker from Tennessee, camped near the packinghouse in Winter Haven, Florida." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Our Humble Abode: 1937

Our Humble Abode: 1937

January 1937. "Two children of a migrant fruit worker from Tennessee, standing before their temporary home. This family of eight is camped in a field near the packinghouse at Winter Haven, Florida." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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