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Earth and Sky: 1938

Earth and Sky: 1938

Puerto Rico, January 1938. "Workers in a tobacco field. The straw shed in the background is a hurricane shelter." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.

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Earth & Sky

Beautiful, rich and textured picture. Note how the staff of the man's shovel aligns pleasingly with the vertical poles of the hut behind him. Lovely.

Earth and Sky

This is a beautiful picture and I love it so much, but imagine if it was a kodachrome?!!

Some "shelter."

This photo is breathtaking, but the "hurricane shelter" these poor fellas are offered is dubious, at best...

Engineering Analysis

Didn't the three little pigs prove conclusively that only a shelter made out of brick is the only material that will stand up to a big wind?

Huffing, Puffing

But this is just begging for a "Three Little Pigs" joke. One of them needs a hurricane shelter made of bricks ...

Garrett Dash Nelson

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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