In the small town of Hannibal, Missouri, when I was a boy, everybody was poor and didn't know it, and everybody was comfortable and did know it.
Thurston County, western Washington 1939
Children of tenant farmers, 1936
Klamath County, Oregon 1939
Photos: Dorothea Lange
Photographer Dorothea Lange is best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration that captured so completely the desperate conditions of migrant workers and displaced farm families. The women in her photographs are especially iconic; worn and drawn yet tending to their children. There are other photos, the ones you don't see as often, that illustrate the scrappy optimism during hard times. The children are captured in their casual camaradery with
genuine smiles and impish grins.