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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 16, 2008

Treasure Trove

Oh, my. Having recently learned that this awesome collection is available online, I'm smitten.

At the moment, its interface is neither pretty nor user-friendly. And, on any given day, one is likely to be advised that a previously bookmarked image is temporarily unavailable from the server.

But poke around a little and you'll discover amazing things. Poignant shots of ordinary people going about their lives. Breathtaking scenery. Vintage cars. Retro fashions.

At a time in which America was experiencing heartache and turmoil, in which its resources were strained and its cares many, visionary individuals in the US government nevertheless dispatched photographers far and wide. The American Memory collection is the result.

It is a gift. It is a time-capsule of stupendous depth and breadth. And, thanks to the power of the Internet, it is now available to all of us.

[American Memory link]

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