The photograph "A Bindle-Stiff" was taken by Dorothea Lange in December of of 1938 for the Farm Security Administration.. During the Great Depression, Lange worked for the Farm Resettlement Administration which later became the Farm Security Administration. These agencies were among the Depression era government programs that provided jobs and pay checks for those who would otherwise have neither. The photographers working for the FRA and FSA were given the task of documenting the living conditions of the poor in rural areas and on farmlands and then of photographing the improvements created by the agencies. However, Walker Evans, another photographer employed by the Farm Resettlement Administration, felt that the photographs should be "pure record not propaganda." This photograph may be viewed on the Library of Congress Web site at http://www.loc.gov/shop/index.php?action=cCatalog.showSubCategory&cid=23&scid=155&page=0 under "People and Culture: The Great Depression". Because these photographs were created as works-for -hire for government agencies, they are in the public domain.
"A Bindle-Stiff" shows just one of the many forced by the severe unemployment of the Great Depression to tie all of their possessions into a bundle and live as hobos, traveling by any means available in search of food, shelter, and any kind of work. Other men and women, however, did adopt the hobo life to seek adventure or to escape their home life or avoid legal problems. The design is available on a number of products at Grand Old Values http://www.zazzle.com/GrandOldValues under "When Did We See You . . . "