FSA COLLECTION: Dorothea Lange – “Brawley” (1939)

On U.S. 99. Near Brawley, Imperial County. Homeless mother and youngest child of seven walking the highway from Phoenix, Arizona where they picked cotton. Bound for San Diego, where the father hopes to get on relief “because he once lived there.”. On U.S. 99. Near Brawley, Imperial County. Homeless family of seven, walking the highway […]

FSA COLLECTION: Dorothea Lange – “Imperial County” (1939)

In Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant labor camp during pea harvest. Family from Oklahoma with eleven children. Father, eldest daughter and eldest son working. She: “I want to go back to where we can live happy, live decent, and grow what we eat.” He: “I’ve made my mistake and now we can’t go back. I’ve […]

FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Thaxton Farmhouse Interior” (1938)

Interior scene of the Thaxton farmhouse, near Mechanicsburg, Ohio. General caption for this series of images: Virgil Thaxton rents a 120-acre farm from Mr. Brand. This is the fourth farm he has rented within the last eight years. At each change he hopes to make enough to have a nice home for his family. Within […]

FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Calumet, Pennsylvania” (1935)

Hungarian miner, Calumet, Pennsylvania. Worked in the mines for thirty-four years, now sixty-three with no pension and no work. October, 1935. Calumet is an unincorporated community in Mount Pleasant Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States. Although the United States Census Bureau includes it in a census-designated place with the nearby community of Norvelt, they are […]

FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Bus Station” (1938)

Bus station, Marion, Ohio. Ben Shahn, Summer, 1938. Marion, Ohio As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 35,318 people, 13,551 households, and 8,821 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,111.6 people per square mile (1,201.4/km²). There were 14,713 housing units at an average density of 1,296.8/sq mi (500.5/km²). The racial makeup […]

FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Plaquemines Parish” (1935)

Children of unemployed trapper, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Ben Shahn, October, 1935. Plaquemines Parish (Louisiana French: Paroisse des Plaquemines) is the parish with the most combined land and water area in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Pointe à la Hache. As of 2000, the parish’s population was 26,757. As of the census[6] […]

FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Boone County, Arkansas”

Boone County, Arkansas. The family of a Resettlement Administration client in the doorway of their home. Ben Shahn, October, 1935. Boone County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2000 census, the population was 33,948. The county seat is Harrison.[1] Boone County is Arkansas’s 62nd county, formed on April […]

FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Blind Street Musician” (1935)

Blind street musician, West Memphis, Arkansas. Ben Shahn, October, 1935. West Memphis is the largest city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 27,666 at the 2000 census, with an estimated population of 28,181 in 2005, ranking it as the state’s 12th largest city, behind Bentonville.[1] It is considered part of the Memphis […]

FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Amite City, Louisiana” (1935)

Amite City, Louisiana. Ben Shahn, October, 1935. Amite City—commonly called simply Amite – is a town in and the parish seat of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 4,110 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Hammond Micropolitan Statistical Area. As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,110 people, 1,310 […]