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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE ALASKA, c. 1920s

Ready to Roll: 1939

Ready to Roll: 1939

July 1939. "Migrant boy who is somewhat of a mechanic tightening the rear wheel on truck which will carry his family [that of of tenant farmer Elmer Thomas] to California from Muskogee, Oklahoma." Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

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Merle Haggard's parents and two older siblings moved from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression, much like this young man and his family, seeking a better life. Though, they didn't hail from Muskogee, they actually came from another well-known town — Checotah, home of Carrie Underwood.

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