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

Agriculture

Outstanding in Their Field: 1939

Outstanding in Their Field: 1939

June 1939. Tygart Valley, West Virginia. Homesteaders' daughters in a potato field. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. File this under "1970s album covers that never were."

 

The Three Graces: 1939

The Three Graces: 1939

June 1939. Daughters of a Tygart Valley, West Virginia, homesteader. House and factory in background. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon.

 

Redlands Oranges: 1943

Redlands Oranges: 1943

March 1943. Drying oranges at a co-op packing plant in Redlands, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, taken during his trip from Chicago to California on a Santa Fe freight train.

 

Organ Transplant: 1937

Organ Transplant: 1937

February 1937. "An organ deposited by the flood on a farm near Mount Vernon, Indiana." View full size. 5x7 safety negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

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.

 
 
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