August 1, 2013

"Migrant Mother"

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Taken by Dorothea Lange in February of 1936, this is probably one of the most iconic pictures of the Great Depression. It just haunts me.

As it happens, while the woman was anonymous for many years, the woman came forward in the 1970s. Her name was Florence Owens Thompson and she was the mother of seven children; she was thirty-two when this photo was shot in Nopomo, California. Florence Thompson lived until 1983, when she died at the age of 79 years.

Here's a worthy page with Florence telling her own story.