Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California (LOC)

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Lange, Dorothea, photographer.

Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California

1936 Feb. or Mar.

1 negative : nitrate ; 4 x 5 in.


Photograph shows Florence Thompson with three of her children in a photograph known as "Migrant Mother." For background information, see "Dorothea Lange's M̀igrant Mother' photographs ..."

Digital file made from the original nitrate negative for "Migrant Mother" (LC-USF34-009058-C). The negative was retouched in the 1930s to erase the thumb holding a tent pole in lower right hand corner. The file print made before the thumb was retouched can be seen at

Title from caption card.
Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944.

Migrant agricultural laborers.
Poor persons.
United States--California--San Luis Obispo County--Nipomo.

Format: Nitrate negatives.
Portrait photographs.
Group portraits.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

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

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection

More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is available at

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Call Number: LC-USF34- 009058-C

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  1. palero59 35 months ago | reply

    I estimate(appreciate) this attractive photo a lot.
    Beautiful success for this photo in black and white.
    The regard.inclassable.

  2. aiyub49 [deleted] 34 months ago | reply

    she is lucky and bold paradise person.insha allah.

  3. TRANSPARENTEYEBALL透明眼球 34 months ago | reply

    It's a painting by a man with deep thought and good cultivation, for it contains a sense of history and shows the character of modern art.

  4. Mjr Kool 33 months ago | reply

    A similar situation for another woman of sadness and worry from the same era is here:

  5. glorialsupervia 31 months ago | reply


  6. CHERLY_DF_BRASIL 29 months ago | reply

    Maravilhoso registro ! Congratulations !!!

  7. jaffles 29 months ago | reply

    Great shot!

  8. Faith001sg 25 months ago | reply

    A moving picture. The lines, the faraway look, the determination on the curve of her mouth tells a story of a mother who would do anything to keep her children alive. This phto tugs at my heartstrings...

  9. partant 24 months ago | reply

    de nos jours la pauvreté ne devrait pas exister comme le disait "Coluche" :

  10. saba kay 22 months ago | reply

    one of my top10 favorite photos

  11. Shangrilla2118 21 months ago | reply

    Thats amaizing and wounderfull photo,, must be awarded

  12. Time's a Tickin' 16 months ago | reply

    The emotion captured in this photo is can see the years of hardship etched in her features...she looks a lot older than 32. Those women knew how to survive.

  13. khandram 11 months ago | reply

    This is a strong picture her facial expression says it all...tired, sad, worried about tomorrow

  14. Esdras Jaimes 8 months ago | reply

    Dorothea Lange : DDDDDDDDDDDDD

  15. sosiasalterego 3 months ago | reply

    Alguna vez se publicó en la prensa española que, cuando se tomó la foto, Florence acababa de vender las ruedas del coche...

  16. The Library of Congress 3 months ago | reply

    The photographer, Dorothea Lange, wrote that the family had sold the car tires. But Mrs. Thompson has said that's not so. "However, Thompson claimed that Lange never asked her any questions and got many of the details incorrect. Troy Owens recounted:

    "There's no way we sold our tires, because we didn't have any to sell. The only ones we had were on the Hudson and we drove off in them. I don't believe Dorothea Lange was lying, I just think she had one story mixed up with another. Or she was borrowing to fill in what she didn't have." Source:

  17. sosiasalterego 3 months ago | reply

    Muchas gracias, The Library of Congress, por el comentario anterior, rápido, muy aclaratorio y documentado. Gracias.

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