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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.

January 4, 2009


It's impossible to know the emotions of these women as they gaze over the fence at the amusement park. Curiosity? Longing? Childhood reminiscence?

Photo by Fenno Jacobs. Southington, Connecticut. 1942.

to locate this image, use search terms: Connecticut, amusement, park

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December 26, 2008

Slipping & Sliding

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms SLEDDING and CHILDRENChildren with a sled. Jewett City, Connecticut. 1940.

Photo by Jack Delano.

to locate this image, use search terms: sledding, children

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