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All in the Farmily: 1940

All in the Farmily: 1940

May 1940. "Farm Security Administration tenant purchase borrower and family. Crawford County, Illinois." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the FSA. View full size.

 

Chez Cerises: 1940

Chez Cerises: 1940

July 1940. "Interior of one-room cabin occupied by migrant fruit pickers and packinghouse workers. Rent one dollar and seventy-five cents a week. The father picks cherries, mother works in a packing plant. Berrien County, Michigan." Photo by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Municipal Elevator: 1940

Municipal Elevator: 1940

April 1940. Dubuque, Iowa. "Elevator which ascends from downtown district to residential section of bluffs." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Winona Flour: 1940

Winona Flour: 1940

July 1940. Benton Harbor, Michigan. "Baker at the House of David religious community." Acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Garage of David: 1940

Garage of David: 1940

July 1940. Benton Harbor, Michigan. "Mechanic at the House of David, a religious community established in 1903 on the southeast bank of Lake Michigan. Male members are easily distinguished by their long hair and beards." Photo by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Arkansas Pickers: 1940

Arkansas Pickers: 1940

July 1940. Berrien County, Michigan. "Migrant agricultural workers -- 'fruit tramps' harvesting cherries and strawberries. Miserable housing in company shacks, cabins, tents, trucks, abandoned farm buildings, small children in fields with parents. Migrant mother from Arkansas taking a picture of the family before moving on to new work location." Photo by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Get the Party Started: 1940

Get the Party Started: 1940

September 1940. St. Mary's County, Maryland. An uncaptioned photo by John Vachon showing Louise Dyson (last seen here with her husband) and unidentified guest playing Mr. Dyson's ancient accordion. Laissez le bon temps rouler! View full size.

 

This Old Stove: 1940

This Old Stove: 1940

July 1940. Door County, Wisconsin. "Wife of Farm Security Administration rehabilitation borrower in her kitchen." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Dacotah II: 1940

Dacotah II: 1940

October 1940. "Grand Forks, North Dakota." A scene last glimpsed here in 35mm. Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

The Happy Homemaker: 1940

The Happy Homemaker: 1940

July 1940. Door County, Wisconsin. "Farm Security Administration rehabilitation borrower and family. The wife made the drapes, the chair covers, and papered the wall herself." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Porksicle: 1940

Porksicle: 1940

October 1940. "Cooperative cold storage lockers in Casselton, North Dakota, where farmers bring their own butchered pigs. Next year butchering will be done here. This co-op received a $4,500 loan from the Farm Security Administration." Photo by John Vachon. View full size.

 

The Cherry Pickers: 1940

The Cherry Pickers: 1940

July 1940. Berrien County, Michigan. "Cherry-picking season. Family of migratory fruit workers from Texas." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Old Folks at Home: 1940

Old Folks at Home: 1940

September 1940. "St. Mary's County, Maryland. Negro Farm Security Administration clients and their homes -- Mr. and Mrs. Dyson [John and Louise], aged rehabilitation borrowers. Mr. Dyson was born into slavery over eighty years ago." Photo by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Kewpee Hamburgs: 1940

Kewpee Hamburgs: 1940

July 1940. "Brick house on main street of Benton Harbor, Michigan." Our focus here is next door, on the Kewpee Hotel restaurant, purveyor of "Kewpee Hamburgs" (a regional chain last glimpsed here). Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Michigan West: 1937

Michigan West: 1937

October 1937. "Main street in Michigan, North Dakota." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
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