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Modern Family: 1936

Modern Family: 1936

July 1936. "Family of migratory fruit workers. Yakima, Washington." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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A mop ?

As sad as this picture is I have to wonder what you use a mop for when you live in a tent

Hark, a Fark

Malcolm Tent

Their lodging appears to have been manufactured by The Enterprise Tent and Awning Co. of North Yakima. In the Library of Congress I found a 1908 reference to the firm.

Fun for some maybe

Kids can see many things as an adventure, but Dad's expression and body language says it all.


Kids will be kids. Nice to see them smiling and happy about getting their picture taken. They're dressed, clean and (probably) well fed enough to be able to experience some lightheartedness amid the obvious poverty. It's not always about material wealth. I've seen worse off on

Happy with her shoes!

It looks like the young girl in the white blouse is wearing a pair of shoes that will take her a couple of years to grow into. None the less, she and her barefooted brother are still able to smile. You gotta love the resiliency of children.

Modern Times

Not to be sarcastic, but nowadays we call this recreation.

I call this:

The Resilience of Youth and the Burden of Maturity.

The only good thing about this

Judging by all the debris and trash waiting to be picked up, at least the cat won't have to worry where the next mouse is coming from.

Think about it

Next time you're feeling low, had a crappy day at work, or the satellite TV went out. Pull this photo up and look at it.


Is the father merely pensive, or is he feeling the weight of his uncertain future and the responsibility of caring for his young family?


Heartbreaking view of a family in trouble, even with the children smiling. Living in a tent pitched on debris strewn lot, the father pondering a his situation. His eyeglasses missing an earpiece just accentuate the poverty. The scene won't change for a few years until the war time economy kicks in.

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