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Agriculture

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.

 

Turkey Run: 1929

Turkey Run: 1929

A thanksgiving turkey is delivered to Washington, D.C., for President Herbert Hoover on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1929. From the National Photo Company collection. View full size.

 

Water Break: 1938

Water Break: 1938

January 1938. Agricultural workers on a sugar plantation near Ponce, Puerto Rico. View full size. 2.25 inch nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam.

 

Cane: 1938

Cane: 1938

January 1938. Train loaded with cane on a sugar plantation near Ponce, Puerto Rico. View full size. 2.25" nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam.

 

Better Than It Was: 1939

Better Than It Was: 1939

February 1939. Calipatria, Imperial Valley. Farm Security Administration emergency migratory labor camp. Daughter of ex-tenant farmers on thirds and fourths in cotton. Had fifty dollars when set out. Went to Phoenix, picked cotton, pulled bolls, made eighty cents a day. Stayed until school closed. Went to Idaho, picked peas until August. Left McCall with forty dollars "in hand." Went to Cedar City and Parowan, Utah, a distance of 700 miles. Picked peas through September. Went to Hollister, California. Picked peas through October. Left Hollister for Calipatria for early peas which froze. Now receiving Farm Security Administration food grant and waiting for work to begin. "Back in Oklahoma, we are sinking. You work your head off for a crop and then see it burn up. You live in debts that you can never get out of. This isn't a good life, but I say that it's a better life than it was." View full size. Photo and caption by Dorothea Lange.

 
 
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