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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 10, 2009

Two Horses and an Automobile

A farmer, a hired hand, two horses and an automobile. Old technology intersecting with new.

This is such a great shot. A perfect creative-writing jumping off point.

Photo taken in 1940 Arizona by Russell Lee.


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January 6, 2009

New Shoes

The caption accompanying this image reads: "Mormon farmer shoeing a horse, Santa Clara, Utah." The collection contains several similar photos from different parts of the country.

Photo by Russell Lee, 1940.

[American Memory link]
to locate this image, use search terms: horse, shoe

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January 5, 2009

Horse Power

Take stunning sculpture, mix with equally stunning photography - and voila!

Photo by Esther Bubley. Shot in 1943 in front of the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington D.C.

to locate this image, use search terms: federal, trade, sculpture

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November 8, 2008

Howdy Horse

A fun shot of a horse trainer and his steed at a rodeo in San Angelo, Texas.

Taken by Russell Lee in March 1940.

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