Photo Archive of the Lives of California Farm Workers
Photo ArchiveArchive spanning three decades of Latino migrant and field workers mostly in California. Archive of 8 original silver gelatin press photo's 1958-1989. Size range from 9" x 7" to 11" x 6". Photos depict the daily life and work of Latino and migrant laborers. One picture captures children of jobless migrant workers scooping polluted water from an irrigation ditch. A Small cabins flanked by broken down cars and debris littered about in East Mendota portray the paltry living conditions. Another gripping 1965 photo depicts a mother, a child, and her doll against a desert backdrop. The mother - Mrs. Henry Pennington – is shown holding her daughter in a tender and lonely shot. This image exemplifies the precarity and deprivation faced by these workers and their families. Additional photos depict daily life as a field worker in lettuce and tomato fields in California. Pictures include workers harvesting tomatoes and operating shipping & processing machinery. One photo depicts two workers, one with a short-handed hoe and one with a long hoe. Cesar Chavez campaigned to ban short-handed hoes due to large numbers of injuries, and in 1975 California banned the short-handed hoes. All but one from California and overall in very good condition.
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