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Vintage photos of:
October 1939. "Oklahoman, worked three years as farm laborer, starts next year on his own place. Quit school after third day. Can neither read nor write. Is 'best farm laborer' this farmer ever had. Near Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.
September 28, 1910. Browns Mills, New Jersey. "Smallest girl is 10-year-old Rosie Biodo, 1216 Annan St., Philadelphia. Carries cranberries at White's Bog. This is the fourth week of school in Philadelphia, and the people here expect to remain here two weeks more." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.