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A Billion Beets: 1939

A Billion Beets: 1939

October 1939. "Sugar beet factory along Snake River. Shows beet dump, beet pile. Nyssa, Malheur County, Oregon." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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