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From the Great Depression to World War II - photos from the American Memory collection

The American Memory collection contains more than 162,000 images taken between 1935 and 1944 by government-hired photographers. If you were to look at 100 of them per day, every day, you'd need more than four years to view them all. As a photographer, I consider these images nothing short of wondrous. This blog showcases some of them.

October 18, 2008

Kitchen Scene

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms KITCHEN, UTENSIL and VIRGINIA The caption accompanying this photo reads: "Kitchen utensils in a Blue Ridge Mountain home. Virginia."

Taken by Arthur Rothstein in 1935, there's dignity in this photo - and a stark beauty. Nevertheless, the image is too gritty to qualify as contemporary "country kitchen chic."

For all the nostalgia we feel about those who led simpler lives in bygone eras, this photo makes it clear that such lives were frequently materially impoverished.

to locate this image, use search terms: kitchen, utensils, Virginia

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