Boy standing on washtub and drinking by kitchen sink. Kentucky, 1964. William Gedney Photographs and Writings Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.

naughty boys

Depression Era - 1935 to 1939 by alanoftulsa, via Flickr

1936. Tuck this away and ponder it next time you want to complain about your crappy apartment or drafty house.

She is just a little girl who looks like she has the weight of the world on her shoulders.

1930s Depression era kitchen | The Great Depression

A Farm Girl Studying...the cover of her bed is embroidered with the names of her friends... Oklahoma, 1943

little kids doing funny things | Kids Doing Funny Things (23 pics) - Funny Photos | We Heart It

Saturday night bath, in a house with no plumbing, you haul in the water, heat it up on the stove, and the cleanest kid bathed first.

Meet Caroline Norton. If you have gone through a divorce and had someone advocate for your rights, you have her to thank for it. In the mid 1800's Caroline was in a loveless marriage to a man who beat her savagely. On several occasions she was thrown out of her own home, and forbidden access to her children. In those days, married women were put into the same category as "lunatics, idiots, outlaws and children". Their rights were in the hands of others. Caroline petitioned...

Dorothea Lange

This photograph was taken the day the emerging Berlin Wall was put up in August 1961 and the boy was found on the opposite side of the wall from his family. Despite given orders by the East German government to let no one pass, the soldier helped the boy through the barbwire. Near the exact time this photo was taken, it was said that the soldier was seen by his superior officer who immediately detached the soldier from his unit. No one knows what became of him.

Boy watching TV for the first time in an appliance store window, 1948

suffragette city


Vietnam - Treating Civilians. U.S. Navy

22 months old boy lights a cigarette. Los Angeles. Photo ca.1920/30. S)


The Inkwell | Santa Monica, CA 1930s During the early 20th century, a section of the Santa Monica Beach referred to as the “Ink Well” was one of the few areas in California where African Americans were allowed to enjoy beach access in a largely segregated society. READ MORE Photo Credit: Los Angeles Public Library

Summer, 1930’s Adorable

Photograph by Lewis Hine taken in 1918. A young boy with such a cherubic face and a headful of curls - sent to work far too young in life. His sweet, soulful, exhausted expression is haunting.