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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 13, 2008

High Water

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms WINCHESTER FLOOD WATERS The old John Denver song, "Take Me Home, Country Road" makes mention of the Shenandoah River - the floodwaters of which submerged this farm near Winchester, Virginia in March 1936.

This image also brings to mind Johnny Cash's line 'How high's the water, Mama?' in the song "Five Feet High and Rising".

Photo by Arthur Rothstein.

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to locate this image, use search terms: Winchester, flood, waters

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December 12, 2008

Gonna Soak Up the Sun

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms ARLINGTON and SUNBATHERS Occupants of a wartime women's residence in Arlington, Virginia sunbathe behind their building.

Photo by Esther Bubley, 1943.

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to locate this image, use search terms: Arlington, sunbathers

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December 6, 2008

Muscle

locate this image on the American Memory website by using the search terms PLENTY and MUSCLE Members of the Coast Guard at Fort Story, Virginia, cleaning a large gun/cannon after it was fired.

Photo by Alfred T. Palmer, 1942.

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to locate this image, use search term: plenty of muscle

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