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Flat Broke: 1936

Flat Broke: 1936

August 1936. Family between Dallas and Austin, Texas. The people have left their home and connections in South Texas, and hope to reach the Arkansas Delta for work in the cotton fields. Penniless people. No food and three gallons of gas in the tank. The father is trying to repair a tire. Three children. Father says, "It's tough but life's tough anyway you take it." View full size. Photo by Dorothea Lange.

 

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Yikes!

Is the baby playing with a shotgun shell?

Grapes of Wrath

This is so Grapes of Wrath. This is the closest I've seen to Steinbeck's description of the Joads' car.

C'mon Dave with three

C'mon Dave with three gallons of gas left at 25 cents per gallon do you think these folks had money for an auto club?

"I'm a girl!"

The girl on the left is a dead ringer for Tatum O'Neal in "Paper Moon."

There were no auto clubs or

There were no auto clubs or anyone to call these folks were on their own.

[Actually this was the heyday of the auto club. Triple A started in 1902. - Dave]

Then and Now

It's from the toughness of these hardy folks that America is what it is. I think we have become very soft. I love this blog. And to think it was a mere 71 years ago.

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