This photograph of Florence Owens Thompson (32 year old mother of 7) is one of the great representations of the Great Depression. The photograph was taken by Dorothea Lange after Florence had sold her tent to provide food for her children.
A migrant mother, 32, who has seven hungry children, living in a tent camp in Nipomo, California, March 1936. The mother is the famous subject of a Depression-era portrait by Dorothea Lange known as "Migrant Mother." She came forward in the late 1970s and was revealed to be Florence Owens Thompson. She died in 1983. That photo is elsewhere in this collection.