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Tater Tot: 1939

Tater Tot: 1939

Family of migrant potato pickers in Tulelake, Siskiyou County, California. September 1939. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

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Tater Tot

I can't help being moved by this photo. The sheer innocence of the baby. He is ambivalent to the plight around him. Reminds me of my son today.

I'm incredibly awed by the

I'm incredibly awed by the beauty, peace, hope and joy in this mother and child's faces--in stark contrast to their surroundings and situation [and fellow workers]. This was one of the most moving photos in the series for me. ....If we could only grasp a portion of their serenity, elegance and strength.....................

She's beautiful.

She's beautiful.


If you look only at mom's face, this could have been taken yesterday

Migrant/transient workers

A glance at these faces serves to remind that the agricultural miracle that brings potatoes to our tables needs workers to harvest them and they must raise their children next to these potatoes. Shouldn't Congress be looking at these photos so they can know what this country is really about?

[Potato harvesting has been automated for many years. - Dave]

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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