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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Agriculture

Midwest Utilitor: 1920

Midwest Utilitor: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Midwest Utilities Corp. (exterior), 14th Street N.W." The two three draws here, for me at least, are the amused expressions of all concerned, and the name of this particular piece of equipment: "Midwest Utilitor." Oh, and the entertaining signage in the window. National Photo. View full size.

 

Farmville: 1938

Farmville: 1938

May 1938. "Farm family, Scioto Farms, Ohio." 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
UPDATE: This is Earl Armentrout and his family, government rehabilitation clients who were relocated by the Resettlement Administration to a new house in a cooperative farming project, a story repeated thousands of times for families who were forced off the land by crop failures during the Dust Bowl era.

 

The Good Earth: 1937

The Good Earth: 1937

June 1937. "Wife of Texas tenant farmer. The wide lands of the Texas Panhandle are typically operated by white tenant farmers, i.e., those who possess teams and tools and some managerial capacity." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

iTunes: 1939

iTunes: 1939

April 1939. "White migrant strawberry picker playing guitar in his tent near Hammond, Louisiana." Safety negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Hot Sugar: 1942

Hot Sugar: 1942

January 1942. Guanica, Puerto Rico. "Burning a sugar cane field. This process destroys the leaves and makes the cane easier to harvest." Medium-format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Americus: 1937

Americus: 1937

July 1937. "Thirteen-year old sharecropper boy near Americus, Georgia." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

The Cherries of Wrath: 1940

The Cherries of Wrath: 1940

July 1940. Berrien County, Michigan. "Migrant fruit workers from Arkansas." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA. View full size.

 
 
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