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3/4 Novelty Grahams: 1910

3/4 Novelty Grahams: 1910

This picture shows the "Four Novelty Grahams" acrobatic performers at the Victoria Theatre, Philadelphia. The father is 23 years of age. Willie Graham is 5 years of age, and Herbert Graham is 3 years of age. At 9 P.M. on June 10th, 1910, these children were performing on the stage. Four times daily they do a turn which lasts from 12 to 14 minutes. Herbert Graham, the youngest, was said by the father to have commenced performing on the stage as an acrobat when he was 10 months of age. Willie, now 5, is said to be the youngest acrobat in the world. The mother of these boys was formerly a school teacher, and is now performing with this trio on the stage. The children are bright and strong, but have a playfulness about them which shows them to have forgotten the best years of childhood. Photo by Lewis W. Hine, 1910. View full size.

 

Nettie Featherston: 1938

Nettie Featherston: 1938

June 1938. Nettie Featherston, laborer's wife with three children near Childress, Texas. "I just prayed and prayed and prayed all the time that God would take care of us and not let my children starve." View full size | Audio interview.

 

'If You Die, You're Dead - That's All'

'If You Die, You're Dead - That's All'

June 1938. Nettie Featherston, wife of a migratory laborer with three children. Near Childress, Texas. "If you die, you're dead – that's all." View full size. Photo: Dorothea Lange. Bio of Nettie (1898-1984) and audio interview.

 

Migrant Jalopy: 1939

Migrant Jalopy: 1939

U.S. 99 in Kern County on the Tehachapi Ridge. February 1939. Migrant workers travel seasonally back and forth between the Imperial Valley and San Joaquin Valley over this ridge. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange. (The billboard up ahead: "76 miles to GRAPEVINE air cooled cafe.")

 

Dorothea Lange: 1936

Dorothea Lange: 1936

Dorothea Lange, Resettlement Administration photographer, in California atop car with her giant camera. February 1936. View full size.

 

Chapel Hill: 1939

Chapel Hill: 1939

Fourth of July 1939 near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. "Rural filling stations become community centers and general loafing grounds. Cedargrove Team members about to play in a baseball game." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Mud Bowl: 1938

Mud Bowl: 1938

June 1938. Caddo, Oklahoma. Migrants leave the small towns as well as the farms of the southwest. This region is a source of many emigrants to the Pacific Coast. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Tenant Farmer: 1939

Tenant Farmer: 1939

July 1939. Tenant farmer in Chatham County, North Carolina. View full size. Farm Security Administration photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Sick Baby: 1939

Sick Baby: 1939

April 1939. Farm Security Administration migrant camp at Westley, California. Migrant mother with sick baby and agricultural workers medical association card. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Rex Theatre: 1937

Rex Theatre: 1937

Leland, Mississippi. June 1937. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

House Call: 1939

House Call: 1939

October 1939. Farm Security Administration camp unit at Merrill, Oregon. The camp nurse introduces doctor to mother of sick baby. View full size.

 

Peach Picker: 1936

Peach Picker: 1936

July 1936. Peach picker in Musella, Georgia. Earns 75 cents a day. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Shacktown Kids: 1939

Shacktown Kids: 1939

August 1939. Yakima Valley, Washington. Shacktown community, mostly families from Kansas and Missouri. This family has five children, oldest in third grade. Rent $7 per month, no plumbing. Husband earns Work Projects Administration wages, $44 per month. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Wheeler's Church: 1939

Wheeler's Church: 1939

July 1939. Women of the congregation of Wheeler's Church on steps with brooms and buckets on annual clean up day. Gordonton, North Carolina. View full size.

 

Person County: 1939

Person County: 1939

July 1939. Farm boy in the doorway of a tobacco barn. Person County, North Carolina. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 
 
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