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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 2, 2009

Trio

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Two gorgeous portraits of Michigan youngsters in 1939.

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Photos by Arthur S. Siegel.

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December 30, 2008

Good Times

locate this image on the American Memory website by using search terms YOUNGSTERS and DANCE A young couple at a Junior Chamber of Commerce dance in San Angelo, Texas. 1940.

Photo by Russell Lee.

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December 28, 2008

Home Delivery

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms GROCERY and BOYS In 1941 Chicago, these young men waited outside grocery stores - earning money by truddling home shoppers' purchases.

Photo by Russell Lee.

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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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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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December 16, 2008

10 People, 3 Small Rooms

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms TWO ADULTS and EIGHT CHILDREN Taken in the "Mexican section" of San Diego in 1941. The father is an agricultural worker.

The family lives in what is described as "three small rooms, with no bath...They use an outside toilet shared with five other families." In addition to the eight children in this photo, another is on the way.

(photographer: Russell Lee)

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