Enjaradoras at Chamisal, 1940

A photo from 1940 shows traditional female mud plasterers re-mudding the exterior of an adobe building.

Spanish-American women replastering an adobe building in Chamisal, New Mexico, in 1940. Enjaradoras are traditional female mud plasterers, responsible for the annual replastering of adobe homes and buildings. This exterior plastering is necessary to protect adobe bricks from weather, and must be maintained regularly.

The photo was taken by Russell Lee (1903–1986) as part of his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) between 1936 and 1943. The FSA photography project documented daily life in America, particularly rural and farm life, as well as many aspects of the mobilization for World War II such as factory and railroad workers, and women in the workforce.

Image Source: “Spanish-American women replastering an adobe house. This is done once a year. Chamisal, New Mexico,” July 1940, Call number LC-USF34- 037082-D; digital images, "Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives," Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2017787237/ : 2017.); crediting "Russell Lee, Photographer, U.S. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information."