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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Agriculture

Orange and Blue: 1943

Orange and Blue: 1943

March 1943. Sorting oranges at the co-op citrus packing plant in Redlands, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency taken by Jack Delano during his Santa Fe rail journey from Chicago to California.

 

Black Butte: 1942

Black Butte: 1942

August 1942 in Madison County, Montana. Sheep grazing the Gravelly Range at the foot of Black Butte. View full size. Gorgeous 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Little Fork: 1937

Little Fork: 1937

August 1937. Indian pickers on way to the berry fields near Little Fork, Minn. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Sunday Paper: 1936

Sunday Paper: 1936

December 1936. Daughter reading a Sunday paper at the Rustan Brothers farm near Dickens, Iowa. Two hundred forty acres, crop share lease, owned by Metropolitan Life. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 

Ghost Horse: 1936

Ghost Horse: 1936

December 1936. Farm horse in Woodbury County, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Ghost Horse II

Ghost Horse II

December 1936. Remains of horse that died of compaction [intestinal blockage] due to poor feed. William Butler's farm near Anthon, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration.

 

Missouri: 1938

Missouri: 1938

May 1938. "Farmer's wife with cow. Southeast Missouri." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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