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The Good Earth: 1937

The Good Earth: 1937

June 1937. "Wife of Texas tenant farmer. The wide lands of the Texas Panhandle are typically operated by white tenant farmers, i.e., those who possess teams and tools and some managerial capacity." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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The bee's knees

Thank you so much Dave. I can not tell you how important that painting was for me. Now I know where to find a print. Again Thank you!

[Thank tterrace! - Dave]

re: Help Please

Is this it?
Woman with a Rake
Jean-François Millet c.1856-7

Help please

There is a famous painting that is very similar to this, I had a poster of it in my room as a child. Can anyone help me with the name of that painting or artist?

Spas, gyms and tanning parlors

This hard-working industrious woman would need a very convincing argument to pay a membership fee to any of those establishments.


I see what looks like a mule team near the horizon. I guess the woman is finishing the job that they started. Sometimes when I see a mule I wonder how the first guy decided to try mating a horse with a donkey to get that result. Or was it just an accidental discovery. Since mules cannot reproduce, horses and donkeys had to get together a lot in the old days.

Now I know

What they mean by the phrase "dirt farmer"

Bonnet and Hoe

Reminds me of my grandparents. Gramma would make up a dozen or more bonnets each winter for her and my aunts to wear while working outside. She used flour sacks for the fabric. Notice the hoe handle is extra long. Grandpa would always whittle out hoe handles that would be at least 6 feet long. Much easier on the back. Fond memories now, but hard sweaty work back in the '60s.

Up at dawn

Looks like she has a long day ahead of her.

Plains Jane

This is a remarkable image. A solitary figure (Dad and team notwithstanding) in a forbidding landscape, with an agricultural implement only slightly more sophisticated than a stick. It helps illumine the enormity of the task which literally thousands of our forebears faced and leaves one wondering, "How did they do it?"

No Relation

Is there a Mrs. Grim Reaper?

Field Fashion

I believe a scythe would be the more appropriate accessory for this
outfit. I guess I'll have to wait for October.

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