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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Agriculture

Mrs. Piggy: 1940

Mrs. Piggy: 1940

1940. "Curtis Whitlock, Sanpete County, Utah, Farm Security Administration rehabilitation client, was on Work Projects Administration relief for a time before he was able to rent a farm, after having lost out once in farming. His Farm Security Administration loan put him on his feet and bought him breeding stock such as the purebred sow in this picture, foundation dairy cows, and a fine work mare." Medium-format negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Be It Ever So Humble: 1938

Be It Ever So Humble: 1938

November 1938. "Shack of day laborer who works in sugarcane fields near New Iberia. He comes from a parish in northern Louisiana." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Planters: 1941

The Planters: 1941

March 1941. "Planting corn on a plantation near Moncks Corner, South Carolina." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the FSA. View full size.

 

The Chicken and I: 1921

The Chicken and I: 1921

October 10, 1921. Charleston (vicinity), West Virginia. "Alice Curtis and some of her poultry." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Cow Town: 1906

Cow Town: 1906

Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906. "Kansas City livestock exchange." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

I Am the Egg Man: 1938

I Am the Egg Man: 1938

August 9, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Air conditioned hen house is latest. Biddy increases the production of eggs in an air-conditioned hen house, U.S. Department of Agriculture experts have discovered after extensive experiments. The first temperature controlled maternity ward for hens has just been put into operation at the governmental experimental farm here. The hens have voiced their approval by laying more frequently; also a more uniform egg. R.B. Nestler, poultry expert, is pictured as he removes the eggs from the automatic chute in the new room. Note the air conditioning apparatus on the ceiling." So this poultry man with the wonderful name of Nestler is, contrary to USDA Best Practices, putting all his eggs in one basket. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Migrant Mother: 1940

Migrant Mother: 1940

July 1940. Berrien County, Michigan. "Migrant woman from Arkansas in roadside camp of cherry pickers." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 
 
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