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Check Coolant: 1939

Check Coolant: 1939

July 1939. "En route to California. Pouring water into radiator of migrants' car in the streets of Muskogee, Oklahoma, where the Elmer Thomas family has stopped to say goodbye to their friends in that town." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Moving Out of Town

In the summer of 1963, just before my seventh birthday, we had fallen on hard times and had to move away from the town where I was born. I remember being all excited about the move. About two days after we moved into our next home, I told my parents that I was done and ready to go back to the old house. Somehow, I didn't get that this wasn't just a vacation -- that the change was permanent.

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