A mother hides her face in shame, c.1948, Chicago. Forced with eviction and penniless, the parents have literally put their children up for sale. This was not a joke…What’s interesting is that the accompanying article did not pass judgement and there are no calls for whisking the children away to protective services.
This photograph was taken in Lincoln, Nebraska on the night of July 25, 1936 when the minimum temperature fell to only 91°F in Lincoln. This was the hottest night ever experienced anywhere in United States recorded history outside of the desert Southwest. As the day progressed the temperature rose to an all-time record of 115°F in Lincoln; without air-conditioning, people spent the night sleeping on the lawn of the state capital building in Lincoln.
BLACK SUNDAY "Dust Bowl" - April 14, 1935 - The rains didn't return until 4 years later. When the dust settled in April 1935, scenes like this were repeated throughout the high plains region. Crops were ruined. Farms produced nothing. Livestock died en masse. People abandoned their homes in droves, with little more than the clothes on their back to show for many years of hard work building their homesteads. There was nothing of value to sell, no one to sell to.
Child Berry Picker This is a great image of a child Cranberry picker. It was taken in 1938 in a Cranberry bog in New Jersey. It is amazing to look at these pictures from the 1930's and see very young children doing an adult's work to try and help support the family
Photographs taken by the FSA at the time of the Great Depression. (New York Library)The national unemployment number was 24.9 per cent, and 15million workers had no jobs. In 2012 latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show that 8.2 per cent of Americans are unemployed. It is an interesting debate as to the purpose that the photos served at the time and the purpose they serve now in being released at a time when across the globe many countries teeter on the brink of economic…