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Great Depression

DC during the Great Depression. Front of a typical house offering furnished rooms for rent. Photograph by Carl Mydans.

the dust bowl or the dirty thirties

Photograph shows a family of farmers devastated by the Great Depression. Photo dates to around 1935 during the Great Depression era.

January 1939. "Housewife boiling clothes - Chicot Farms, Arkansas." Note the primitive nature of this washer -- it doesn't even have a "simmer" setting. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration.

My mom remembers her grandmother washing clothes this Oklahoma. Housewife boiling clothes - Chicot Farms, Arkansas, January, Photo by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration.

1939 Dorothea Lange photo near Roxboro, NC

Mill worker's children eating watermelon on porch of rented house. Six miles north of Roxboro, North Carolina, July 1939 by Dorothea Lange.

Tengle children, Hale County, Alabama by Walker Evans, 1936 via Flickr

Walker Evans: Documenting the Great Depression

Children in abandoned mining town, Jere, WV, 1938. Library of Congress.

Children in abandoned mining town, Jere, West Virginia, United States, photograph by Marion Post Wolcott.

AND WE THINK WE'VE GOT IT BAD!    This was a mere 72 years ago....  Makes complaining about no cell service, high gasoline prices, not enough cable channels, seem a bit ludicrous.  No credit cards to buy what you want, but don't need!    Forward this to remind our kids and others of what really tough times are like.  They don't have a clue.  If you don't know what the Great Depression was, here's the motto:  "Use it up -- wear it out", make it do or do without!!!!!

Dorothea Lange - Children of Oklahoma drought refugees on highway near Bakersfield, California. Family of six; no shelter, no food, no money and almost no gasoline. The child has bone tuberculosis, June 1935 via

Haunting photo from the Dust Bowl years. Our sky looks like this today. Pat - so does the inside of our house

Fleeing a dust storm, Farmer Arthur Coble and sons walking in the face of a dust storm, Cimmaron County, Oklahoma 1936 (by Arthur Rothstein)

Dorothea Lange - 1932, New York City, during the Great Depression. Unemployed men stand in line to get a free dinner at New York’s municipal lodging house.

Political: Dorothea Lange Photography New York City, during the Great Depression. Unemployed men stand in line to get a free dinner at New York’s municipal lodging house.

August 1936. "Family between Dallas and Austin. The people have left their home and connections in South Texas, and hope to reach the Arkansas Delta for work in the cotton fields. Penniless people.

Framed vintage photograph of August Family between Dallas and Austin. Photo by Dorothea Lange.

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