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Farms of America in color 1939-1943

By: Lea Holland on Jan. 13, 2011, 5:10 a.m.
The Whinery family

Photo: Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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The Whinery family

Jack Whinery, homesteader, and his family in Pie Town, N.M., in October 1940. The Whinerys lived in a dugout house and covered the walls with cardboard to keep the dirt from flaking into the home's interior. Most dugouts had a short life, since once the farmers had enough money, they would build plank or rock homes. However, the dugouts had a second life as shelter for the livestock.

Reproduction from color slide.