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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

Agriculture

The Good Earth: 1937

The Good Earth: 1937

January 1937. "Planting beans near Belle Glade, Florida." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Abbott and Sultana: 1925

Abbott and Sultana: 1925

September 18, 1925. W.S. Abbott of Agricultural Extension Station in Vienna, Virginia, with "Sultana." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Green: 1941

Green: 1941

December 1941. "Cultivating tobacco at the Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration experimental area, vicinity of Cayey." View full size. Medium format Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.

 

Earth and Sky: 1938

Earth and Sky: 1938

Puerto Rico, January 1938. "Workers in a tobacco field. The straw shed in the background is a hurricane shelter." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.

 

After Taxes: 1939

After Taxes: 1939

February 1939. "White mother with children at migrant camp. Weslaco, Texas." Background for this series of photos as recorded by Russell Lee in his notes: "Local employment men say that there was no need for migrant labor to handle the citrus and vegetable crops in the valley, the local supply of labor being ample for this purpose. Most of the local labor is Mexican and the labor contractors favor Mexican labor over white labor, partly because the Mexican will work much cheaper than whites. One white woman who was a permanent resident said that the white people who lived in the valley had no trouble with the Mexicans. The Mexicans were good neighbors, she said, always willing to share what they had. She said the white migrants who came into the valley and resented and misunderstood the Mexicans caused the trouble between the two races. Some towns in this section permit camping only in trailers. The charge for camping in tents is about fifty cents per week, including water, which in some cases must be carried four city blocks. Privies are tin, very bad condition. Garbage is collected only once a week, with large dumps of decaying fruits and vegetables scattered among the camps. Some of the white migrants in this camp were very suspicious of governmental activity, due to the use by south Texas newspapers of the term 'concentration camps' referring to Farm Security Administration camps." Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size.

 

Garden State: 1942

Garden State: 1942

June 1942. "Bean fields, Seabrook Farm at Bridgeton, New Jersey." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier. View full size.

 

Blueberry Girl: 1937

Blueberry Girl: 1937

August 1937. "Indian girl, daughter of blueberry picker, near Little Fork, Minnesota." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 
 
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