Great Depression

Leaving Oklahoma: 1939

Leaving Oklahoma: 1939

Elmer Thomas, migrant to California, tying sack of laundry onto front lamp bracket of his truck, near Muskogee, Oklahoma. Great Depression era photo taken in 1939 by photographer Russell Lee. FSA - OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: nitrate negative.

Tenant Farmer's Mule: 1935

Tenant Farmer's Mule: 1935

Tenant farmer with mule given to him by the U.S. Resettlement Administration, Lee County, Mississippi. Rickety barn in the background. Great Depression era photo taken in 1935 by photographer Arthur Rothstein. FSA - OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: nitrate negative.

Draft Horse Auction: 1937

Draft Horse Auction: 1937

Auctioning off a team of draft horses at the closing-out sale of Frank Sheroan, tenant farmer, near Montmorenci, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Great Depression era photo taken in 1937 by photographer Russell Lee. FSA - OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: nitrate negative.

Sunbonnet Style: 1930

Sunbonnet Style: 1930

Great Depression era portrait of old woman in large sunbonnet, 1930. Photo by photographer Doris Ulmann. LOC original medium: platinum photographic print.

Greenhills, Ohio Barbershop: 1939

Greenhills, Ohio Barbershop: 1939

Little boy getting a haircut, Greenhills, Ohio barbershop, 1939. Greenhills, Ohio is one of three Greenbelt Communities built by the U.S. government during the Great Depression, the other two being Greendale, Wisconsin and Greenbelt, Maryland. John Vachon, photographer. FSA - OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: nitrate negative.

Rough Life: 1940

Rough Life: 1940

Resident of river bottoms shacktown with her dogs, Dubuque, Iowa. Photo taken in 1940 by photographer John Vachon. FSA - OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: nitrate negative.

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