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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.

December 1, 2008


Texas, 1939. A child exits a "privy" while a woman washes clothes the hard way - by hand, in a tub.

The collection contains numerous photos depicting the laborious and time-consuming ways in which this task was accomplished prior to the arrival of running water, electricity, and modern appliances.

Photo by Russell Lee.

to locate this image, use search terms: clothes, washing, Texas


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