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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 10, 2008


to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms INSANE ASYLUM INMATEIn 1941, a portion of the Charlotte Amalie Hospital in the Virgin Islands was allocated to the "insane asylum."

These days, the photo caption would describe this individual as a patient/client rather than an "inmate." And the facility would be called a "mental health center."

(photographer: Jack Delano)

to locate this image, use search terms: insane, asylum, inmate

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