Indiana University Research & Creative Activity


Volume 30 Number 1
Fall 2007

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Cantaloupe planting, Wabash Farms, Indiana, May 1940. Photograph by John Vachon (1914-1975). In this photograph taken under the auspices of the Farm Security Administration, a farmer marks a field for planting. A plant was put at each spot where the lines cross. This image, from the collection of the Indiana University Art Museum, is one of approximately 270,000 negatives produced by a department of the FSA during the late 1930s and early 1940s. The immediate purpose of the photos was to promote government programs intended to help rural citizens. Their larger purpose was to record the way of life on America's farms and small towns for future generations. Photo courtesy Indiana University Art Museum.