A temporary Blast from the Past post after reediting for new information. Originally posted June 13, 2011.
Lange, Dorothea, photographer. Unemployed lumber worker goes with his wife to the bean harvest. Note social security number tattooed on his arm. Oregon. Aug, 1939. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa2000004443/PP/. (Accessed September 29, 2016.)
A public records search shows that 535-07-5248 belonged to one Thomas Cave, born July 1912, died in 1980 in Portland. Which would make him 27 years old when this picture was taken.1
Part of: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection