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From the Great Depression to World War II - photos from the American Memory collection


DONNA LAFRAMBOISE  aka  TripodGirl
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 7, 2009

Charlie Chaplin Chicken

A poster for a sideshow at a county fair. Rutland, Vermont. 1941.

Photo by Jack Delano.

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to locate this image, use search terms: sideshow, poster

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December 31, 2008

Dancing the Night Away

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms CHICAGO, DANCING and MUSIC Club DeLisa, Chicago. 1942.

Photo by Jack Delano.

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to locate this image, use search terms: Chicago, dancing, music

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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.

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

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November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms CROUCH and THANKSGIVING Thanksgiving dinner at the home of Timothy Levy Crouch, whom the photo caption describes as a "Rogerine Quaker."

1940, Connecticut. Photo by Jack Delano.
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to locate this image, use search terms: Crouch, Thanksgiving

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November 26, 2008

Anticipation

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms CROUCH and THANKSGIVINGA younger son of the Timothy Levy Crouch family peeks into a pot pre-Thanksigving dinner in 1940 Ledyard, Connecticut.

Note the wood-fired stove. Other shots show the boy's father fetching firewood for the event.

Photo by Jack Delano

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to locate this image, use search terms: Crouch, Thanksgiving

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November 23, 2008

Husband & Wife

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms WILLIAM GAYNOR This lovely portrait, of Mr. & Mrs. William Gaynor, was taken in 1941. The couple are dairy farmers. Other photos in the series show them milking cows and canning vegetables while their children collect potatoes from the fields.

Photo by Jack Delano.

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to locate this image, use search terms: William, Gaynor

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November 22, 2008

Scantily Clad

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms TUNBRIDGE WRESTLERS Wrestlers at the 1941 Tunbridge, Vermont "World Fair."

Photo by Jack Delano.
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to locate this image, use search terms: Tunbridge, wrestlers

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November 10, 2008

Inmate

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)

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

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November 6, 2008

Fat Ladies

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms FAIR SIDESHOW POSTER A poster for a sideshow at a county fair.

Vermont, 1941 (Jack Delano).

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to locate this image, use search terms: fair, sideshow, poster

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November 5, 2008

Sweat

to locate this image click the American Memory link below
Taken by Jack Delano - apparently in the Virgin Islands, late 1941.

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November 3, 2008

Brothers & Sisters

to locate this image click the American Memory link below
These youngsters are identified as the children of Albert Lynch, a farmer receiving government assistance in Dummerston, Vermont.

Another photo in the series shows seven siblings in total - none of whom could be described as over-fed. There are no pictures - or any mention - of their mother.

Photographed by Jack Delano, Aug. 1941.

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October 19, 2008

Train Brakeman

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms SWING, BRAKEMAN, CAJONA railway brakeman standing atop a train in March 1943. The caption for this photo says it was taken near Cajon, California.

Explains photographer Jack Delano: "Brakemen ride the trains in this way during the entire descent from Summit to San Bernardino."

One wonders what today's health and safety authorities would say about such a practice :-)

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[American Memory link]
to locate this image, use search terms: swing, brakeman, cajon

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