Farm family in field

ca. 1955

This undated photograph showing a farm family relaxing in a field is part of the vast photographic record of the U.S. Information Agency (USIA), established in 1953. One of the USIA’s major missions was to produce publications and films about American life for distribution in foreign countries. Many urbanites held on to the agrarian myth — the belief that the family farm stood for all that is pure and good in America — but demanded the cheap food that large agribusiness could supply.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Information Agency, 1900-1992