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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.

November 12, 2008

Bloom of Youth

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms RECRUITING MARINESSometimes it's necessary to go to war.

But armed conflict should never be undertaken lightly. As this photo makes clear, it is a country's young men - barely out of boyhood - who are sacrificed.

Photo taken by John Collier at a San Francisco marines recruiting office, 1941.

[American Memory link]
to locate this image, use search terms: recruiting, marines

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