Great Depression

Rough Baby Blanket: 1939

Rough Baby Blanket: 1939

Great Depression era photo of a baby from Mississippi propped up against a burlap bag in a 1930s truck. Picture taken at a Farm Security Administration camp, Merrill, Oregon in 1939 by photographer Dorothea Lange. FSA/OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: nitrate negative.

Have Makeshift Prosthetic, Will Travel: 1937

Have Makeshift Prosthetic, Will Travel: 1937

Great Depression era photo of man pulling a wagon full of paper and cardboard, 1937. Nice old Washington D.C. photo with movie theatre, cafe, and 1930s cars. John Vachon, photographer. FSA / OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: 35 mm nitrate negative.

Reading to His Peeps: 1936

Reading to His Peeps: 1936

Depression era photo of farmers hanging out in front of a store in Prairie City, Missouri. Note the boxes of Kellogg's Wheat Krispies in the window. Photo taken in 1936 by photographer Carl Mydans for the U.S. Resettlement Administration. FSA / OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: 35 mm nitrate negative.

New Deal Lunch Break: 1936

New Deal Lunch Break: 1936

Lunchtime for black construction workers at Greenbelt, Maryland, a planned community built by the federal government in the Great Depression / New Deal era. Photo taken in 1936 by photographer Carl Mydans for the U.S. Resettlement Administration. FSA/OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: 35 mm nitrate negative.

Great Depression Bedroom: 1935

Great Depression Bedroom: 1935

Man and boy in sitting room / bedroom of Great Depression era home, Hamilton County, Ohio. Photo taken in 1935 by photographer Carl Mydans for the U.S. Resettlement Administration. FSA / OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: 35 mm nitrate negative.

Have Truck, Will Migrate: 1939

Have Truck, Will Migrate: 1939

Old truck parked near tent in FSA (Farm Security Administration) camp at Merrill, Klamath County, Oregon. Looks like a stove or heater vent pipe sticking out of the tent. Photo taken in 1939 by photographer Dorothea Lange. LOC original medium: nitrate negative.

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