Eyes of the Great Depression 017 – Updated with new information.

Eyes of the Great Depression 017

Originally posted March 15, 2009. Updated November 6, 2014
“Old Negro. He hoes, picks cotton and is full of good humor. Aldridge Plantation, Mississippi”
(from notes on caption card with image at Library of Congress)

The caption on the card was censored.  Dorothea Lange originally captioned it: “Old Negro – the kind the planters like. He hoes, picks cotton, and is full of good humor.”
(My bold to emphasize the politically, for the time, incorrect part of the caption that was removed.  MpG 11/6/14)

Eyes of the Great Depression 017

1937 June.

photographer: Dorothea Lange

Part of: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection

Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540 USA


I’m going through this project from the beginning, creating poster and other product designs on Zazzle. In the process, I’ve occasionally finding new and interesting bits of information related to the subject(s) of the photos.  I’m posting each new product or product series on Haw Creek Shops blog.

Plantation Worker – Caption censored in 1937

american history, economy, eyes of the great depression, great depression, history, people, vintage images

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