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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.

December 24, 2008

Nativity

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms TAOS and CHRISTMASChristmas Eve, in the church. Taos, New Mexico, 1942.

Photo by John Collier.

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to locate this image, use search terms: Taos, Christmas

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December 23, 2008

Home for Christmas

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms GREYHOUD, DEPOT and WASHINGTONThe pre-Christmas rush at the Greyhound bus depot in Washington, D.C. (1941)

Photo by John Collier.

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to locate this image, use search terms: Greyhound, depot, Washington

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December 11, 2008

Lumberjack

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms INDIAN and WOODSMANThis gent, a First Nations lumberjack from Canada, was photographed in Maine during the 1943 Spring pulpwood drive.

Photo by John Collier.

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to locate this image, use search terms: Indian, woodsman

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November 16, 2008

Haircut

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms CAMP BARBER Pulp and paper workers in Maine, 1943. The camp handyman is giving this haircut since the nearest professional barber is 35 miles away.

Photo by John Collier.
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to locate this image, use search terms: camp, barber

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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.

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

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