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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

Agriculture

Shoofly Tobacco: 1939

Shoofly Tobacco: 1939

July 1939. Shoofly, North Carolina. "Tobacco field in early morning where white sharecropper and wage laborer are priming tobacco." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Imperial Valley: 1937

Imperial Valley: 1937

Imperial Valley, California, March 1937. "One of a Mexican field gang of migratory laborers thinning and weeding cantaloupe plants. The young plants are capped with waxed paper spread over a wire wicket to protect against cold and accelerate growth. The laborers' wages are 30 cents an hour." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA.

 

Stump Ranchers: 1939

Stump Ranchers: 1939

October 1939. The Unruf family. Mennonite wheat farmers from Kansas, now developing a stump ranch in Boundary County, Idaho. The mother, father and hardworking 15-year-old son with other children in yard before the barn. Father and son have cleared 30 acres of raw stump land in three years. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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