Friday, November 2, 2012

Russell Lee - Migrants

 Making lunch along the roadside, near Henryetta, Oklahoma. 
This is a migrant family en route to California. 1939

 Migrant cane chair maker and wife in front of their automobile home, 
near Paradis, Louisiana, 1938

 Migrant family saying grace before noonday meal by the side of the road 
east of Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, 1939

 Migrant mother and child near Harlingen, Texas, 1939

 Migrant mother feeding her baby while the family was stopped by the roadside for lunch, 
east of Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, 1939

 Migrant's car stopped along the road, with part of migrant family in rear seat of truck, under a tree to await the rain's passing, near Muskogee, Oklahoma, 1939

 Migratory worker playing guitar on front porch of his metal shelter 
in the Agua Fria Labor Camp, Arizona, 1940

 Negro intrastate migrant boy picking strawberries near Hammond, Louisiana, 1939

 Tent home of migrants near Harlingen, Texas, 1939

 Tent of migrant stove maker and repairer on U.S. 90 near Jeanerette, Louisiana, 1938

 Veteran migrant agricultural worker examining contents of his trunk, 
camped on Arkansas River in Wagoner County, Oklahoma, 1939

 Wife and baby of itinerant cane furniture maker and agricultural day laborer 
camped in Wagoner County, Oklahoma, 1939

Young migratory couple living at the Agua Fria Migratory Labor Camp, Arizona, 1940


  1. What you are calling cane furniture is actually willow. The chair in the second photo, was very likely made by my grandfather, William(Bill) Weiesnbach.

    1. Thanks for your comment. The caption that called it "cane" is the original one provided by the Library of Congress. Interesting to know it's willow.