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To Mary, With Love: 1939

To Mary, With Love: 1939

July 1939. "Woman living in camp near May Avenue, Oklahoma City. Her husband has been denied work relief. He is a world war veteran." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Weather-beaten and hopeless

One wonders how they kept on keeping on or how long they actually existed with nothing, not two nickels to rub together. In other areas of Oklahoma City at this time, there were young women preparing for their debut into high society Saturday night and oil wells gushing out barrels of black gold for the barons to pay for their bigger and grander lavish mansions. Who said life was fair?

Old beyond years

I'll bet this woman is in her 30s. Lots of sun and hard living.

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