Hop Farmers Conversing on a Drug Store Corner - 1939


Hop Farmers Conversing on a Drug Store Corner - Lange

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This Depression-era photo of an Independence, Oregon street corner shows a gathering of local hop farmers discussing politics and other pressing issues of the day. Two of the participants seem intent on cleaning splinters and dirt from their hands and fingernails using knives - see detail views one and two. A sign in the drugstore window advertises some potion as "The best for hop poison", a malady well-known to hop pickers. Hops are sharp, and though harvested in warm weather, most folks wear long sleeves and gloves to minimize scratches and the rashes that follow. I wonder what the fellow on the curb in the black hat is discussing. It sure seems to have caught his attention. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0384
Photographer Dorothea Lange
Location Independence, Polk County
Subject Group Portraits, Town Views
Decade 1930s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Original Negative
Size of Original 2.2 x 2.3 inches
Photographer's Number No