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Rare Library of Congress colour photographs of the Great Depression
Daily Mail Online ^ | 05/18/2011 | Daily Mail Reporter (staff)

Posted on 05/18/2011 8:08:53 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad

It was an era that defined a generation. The Great Depression marked the bitter and abrupt end to the post-World War 1 bubble that left America giddy with promise in the 1920s. Near the end of the 1930s the country was beginning to recover from the crash, but many in small towns and rural areas were still poverty-stricken. These rare photographs are some of the few documenting those iconic years in colour. The photographs and captions are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color. The images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, shed a bleak new light on a world now gone with the wind.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography
KEYWORDS: depressionphotos; greatdepression; libraryofcongress; worldwartwo
Remarkable photos; if you're a history buff, you'll probably like these.
1 posted on 05/18/2011 8:08:58 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Thank you for posting this. One thing about the Dailymail UK, they always have a great photo layout with their stories. I enjoy that.

I’ll be sending these to my step-dad who lived through that era.


2 posted on 05/18/2011 8:12:13 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("...; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,... "Hosea 4:6)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Great stuff!


3 posted on 05/18/2011 8:14:07 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: ComputerGuy
What was he thinking as this picture was taken? A young boy in Cinncinnati, Ohio, in 1942 or 1943

Sucka, you think this country is leanin' left now you ain't seen nothin'!


4 posted on 05/18/2011 8:22:08 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

Later


5 posted on 05/18/2011 8:22:31 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Illinois has become California without the climate or the glamor)
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To: Outlaw Woman

There is my childhood in living color. The Whinery kids look just like we did as children. Hard times, but we didn’t know it. We were family and had lots of space to be free.


6 posted on 05/18/2011 8:24:26 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
Great pics..thanks for the link...it's the COLOR factor that wows...I always tend to think of the depression as a Black & White event...

One small quibble..by 1942 ..we were out of the Depression..WW II had solved that problem..there was work for everyone..

Another thought...it was 29 years, from 1940, until 1969, went we sent men to the moon, and now, 40 years after that seminal event, we're out of space.....we seem to be going backwards..

7 posted on 05/18/2011 8:25:15 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Awesome. Thanks for posting. Neat to see this era in color, as opposed to B&W.


8 posted on 05/18/2011 8:25:15 AM PDT by Jane Long (2 Chron 7:14)
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To: Jane Long

Most are WW II ear which is usually not considered depression era.

But either way they are wonderful photos. !


9 posted on 05/18/2011 8:29:17 AM PDT by Bidimus1
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To: Jane Long

Most are WW II ear which is usually not considered depression era.

But either way they are wonderful photos. !


10 posted on 05/18/2011 8:29:23 AM PDT by Bidimus1
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To: WVNan

My mom tells me about living during that time as a child. She was born in 1933. Although she was too young to remember the worst of the depression, it really didn’t get better until after the war. She talks about how the neighbors stuck together, the rationing that took place during the war, killing chickens or rabbits for that day’s meal. Staying out playing until after dark, running around bare-foot with no worry.

Through it all though, they all stuck together and like you said, the kids didn’t know it was rough; it was just part of the day.


11 posted on 05/18/2011 8:30:07 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("...; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,... "Hosea 4:6)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Well dust them off because we’re solidly into The Second GREAT DEPRESSION!


12 posted on 05/18/2011 8:30:40 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

What’s most interesting to me are the photos of working women.

We’re told that the women’s liberation movement didn’t begin until the 60s-70s. Before then all women were stuck in the home barefoot and pregnant.

Looks to me like women were more “equal” to men in the 30s than the are today. Or at least they lived more equally. Today’s women are a bunch on crybabies compared to the women of old. check out the lunch room pic. Those ladies look like they are 50+. Todays 30 year old woman whine about balancing jobs as marketing assistants with picking up their kids at daycare.


13 posted on 05/18/2011 8:31:01 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: WakeUpAndVote
He looks like he just might be the right age to be drafted during the Korean war. I hope not.
Those sure are nice corduroys though.
14 posted on 05/18/2011 8:31:54 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: ComputerGuy
A Tom and Huck moment....


15 posted on 05/18/2011 8:35:45 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Great pics! Thanks for posting!


16 posted on 05/18/2011 8:35:59 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
Tom and Huck:


17 posted on 05/18/2011 8:36:10 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: ErnBatavia

D’OH!


18 posted on 05/18/2011 8:37:22 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: ErnBatavia; AnAmericanAbroad

Yep. My personal favorite.


19 posted on 05/18/2011 8:40:10 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

This is impossible. Everyone knows the world was always in black and white! And everyone walked faster back then too; just watch those old black and white silent films.

Then something strange happened with some dimensional shift and everything became color around 50-60 years ago!

Hey you want to see color photos even more amazing, look at
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/

These are from Russia from 100 years ago!


20 posted on 05/18/2011 8:42:32 AM PDT by lado
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Nice.....note how the children are fully dressed? Well, except for maybe shoes....


21 posted on 05/18/2011 8:44:30 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

What happened to Mr. Whinery? That’s what a lot of people might ask. The photos are from 1940, before WWII was started up. Did Mr. Whinery get drafted, or volunteer- leaving his two little sons, wife and daughters to fend for themselves in a “homestead”. The food shown, looks to be home grown (Karo syrup in a can—wow). And exemplary of the best of that time. Contrast that with “dust bowl” photos of ten years earlier.

FDR’s plans were abject failures, and many of them came from Mr. Hoover. The end result was the ultimate govt. make work project— a world wide war. Everybody went to work for the gubmint, to “save democracy”. Much like under Wilson. And all of it under the management of “progressives” and their fellow travelers- socialists and outright communists.

What was the consequence of all these machinations on the “real people” like Mr. Whinery. What happened to the family?

And, how much pressure was needed to stop the Rockefellers from doing business with Hitler’s statist buddies?
An excellent source to go with these stunning photos, is a book and PBS series— “The Prize”.

Does any of this ring a bell— with our current oh so proper marxist in chief and his leftist fascist corporate buddies at GE and BP? Today you have ridiculous posturing from liberals to “punish” oil companies who could provide our country with US owned resources and tell the rest of the world to go to hell. Liberals who continue to steal the taxes they get out of these producers to line their pockets and hand out to the “poor”, whom they help to maintain in place.


22 posted on 05/18/2011 8:53:40 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: wilco200
Most of the men were gone into the military, with some exceptions and a lot of older men went into support areas not manufacturing- hence the older women in the plants. Looks may be deceiving vs. age from that time. And younger women went too, WACs, WAVEs, Nurses, women transport pilots.

The social upheaval was enormous, as was the effect when the menfolk returned and wanted to start a family and have a house. Eisenhower days.

23 posted on 05/18/2011 9:04:08 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

The people in these photos don’t look like the kind to be fooled by Obama and the RAT party.


24 posted on 05/18/2011 9:09:41 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

The Great Depression is somehow less depressing in color.


25 posted on 05/18/2011 9:10:15 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
Many of these pictures are from the 40s, which wasn't "the Depression".

And I assume that's Napoleon Dynamite's future mother in the last picture.

26 posted on 05/18/2011 9:13:15 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Wow thanks for sharing! This is my mother’s early life in color in two respects. Her family left Oklahoma during the depression and made it as far as Alamogordo, NM where her dad got a job as a millwright in a sawmill there. So the photos of Pie Town are pretty close. But more important during the war she took a job in the Southern Pacific railroad yards in Northern California (the real Northern California, like Dunsmuir and Redding) replacing the oily rags/string in railroad car junction boxes located on the outside end of the running gear (called trucks). That would have been her sitting there in the break room having lunch. The whole crew was female except the supervisor who was a man. As the women were bent over he would come along and pat them on the rear and tell them what a good job they were doing…and no one said a word because it was accepted.


27 posted on 05/18/2011 9:40:39 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

bump for later


28 posted on 05/18/2011 9:52:03 AM PDT by goldfinch
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Thanks for posting.


29 posted on 05/18/2011 10:09:51 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Your Mom was born the same year I was. I lived in the deep
South where the depression was harder due to the fact that we had not yet recovered from the Civil War. WWII is what finally drug us out of poverty. Before that we lived pretty much like the family in the picture. Share-cropper’s cabin, water “toted” from a spring, outhouse, wood cook stove and fireplace heat. No screens on the windows or doors, goats, chickens, flies all has free entry during warm months. Fishing & swimming in the crick with the water moccasins. Roaming the hills with the wildlife. Oh, and the bedbugs.... It was a wonderful life.


30 posted on 05/18/2011 11:55:20 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: wilco200

You will notice that the pictures of the women working are from 1942. WWII started in 41 and all able bodied men were called up to the military. The women stepped up and took over the jobs that were needed to keep the war effort going. My mother worked at Redstone near Huntsville, AL after we moved there from rural TN. She packed Howitzer shells. Dangerous work. Her building blew up and she was one of three that survived as I recall. Women worked throughout the war. Then when the soldiers came home the women went back home to raise families. The next generation did not recall or didn’t know how many women worked during the war. The Boomer generation has always thought that the world began with them.


31 posted on 05/18/2011 12:01:09 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: ErnBatavia

Didn’t those boy’s Mom know that they were playing where the Alligators and water Moccasins roamed? Gasp, what if they had encountered one of those deadly monsters? Maybe CPS would have taken those neglected children away from their parents.


32 posted on 05/18/2011 12:03:44 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: John S Mosby

Mr. Whinery had five children. He would have been exempt from the draft, but would have been assigned to work at some sort of war-work, perhaps raising food to help supple the military. My father had five children when the war broke out. He was exempt from the draft, but he was “drafted” to work in a chemical plant in Huntsville, AL because he had a Chemistry degree. He was a school teacher. Like most families, the Whinery family probably saw better times due to the war.


33 posted on 05/18/2011 12:18:21 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: WVNan

Corrections noted. Though my point remains valid. Women of the pre “women’s lib” era were much stronger, equal and liberated than today’s women


34 posted on 05/18/2011 1:07:11 PM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: wilco200

Agreed. Even those that stayed home had to work hard. Gardens, etc.


35 posted on 05/18/2011 2:57:17 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

More pictures at this link: http://myloc.gov/Exhibitions/boundforglory/Pages/SlObjectList.aspx


36 posted on 05/18/2011 8:47:58 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Thanks!


37 posted on 05/18/2011 9:01:04 PM PDT by GOPJ (Osama bin SEALed - http://www.citizenwarrior.com/2009/05/terrifying-brilliance-of-islam.html)
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