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Yakima Belle: 1936

Yakima Belle: 1936

July 1936. "Interior of migratory fruit worker's tent. Yakima, Washington." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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I imagine the photographer, Arthur Rothstein, saw the beauty of this young woman and asked, May I take your picture? She most probably said Yes, but let me put on some clean clothes.

This is a remarkably lovely photo. With the soft lighting, a very pretty girl surrounded by only the necessities of life.

Such an interesting contrast to the many photos we see of wealthy individuals photographed by professional photographers. Love your title: She was indeed a "belle"!


Could just be a pretty girl in costume jewelry and hand-me-down clothes. "Migrant" doesn't have to equate to ugly, frumpy and destitute.


She is dressed wonderfully, has a nice necklace on and just looks great. I'm wondering if there were some shenanigans played here.

What a lovely girl

The heartbreaker is how clearly she dressed in her best for this picture with the sad reality of poverty and want all around her


This attractive young lady is dressed and groomed might fine for a migrant worker

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