Great Depression Photos

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This is a photograph of Faro and Doris Caudill, farmers in Pietown, New Mexico.
They lived in a dugout and struggled to survive on Resettlement Administration land.

As the 1930s came to a close, Kodak came out with Kodachrome film – the first commercially viable color film available to the general public. In 1937 and 1938, the colors were still not stable and accurate, but by 1939 Kodachrome was producing color images of remarkable precision.

Now, not just anybody could buy this film. It cost $5 per roll and had to be sent back to Rochester, New York for development. By comparison, in 1938 Congress established the first minimum wage at 25 cents per hour. $5 represented half a week’s work. But the Farm Security Administration sent out about a dozen photographers with this new film. Commercial photographer, Samuel Gottscho, and well-to-do amateur, Charles Cushman, embraced this new technology, as well.

New York City was the metropolis of America.

Times Square was the happening place. Big date. Hop in a taxi.
And go see Night Train at the Globe Theater.

Chicago was the transportation, food, and manufacturing center of the country.

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    6 Responses to Great Depression Photos

    1. man, i bet the 20’s were pretty fucking awesome to experience. well, not the depression, or prohibition. but you know what the fuck i’m saying


    2. Fake photos. There’s no WTC towers in the NYC skyline pic.


    3. ty for not linking to another site.

      Also, this is somewhat equivalent to HD cameras used for movies, in the way that not many people want to spend half a weeks work (or more) for a camera.


    4. That last one looks pretty much the same today. At least to me. When I look north from the Michigan Avenue bridge, those two beauties are the only ones I see.

      Smoked many a midnight jay in their shadow, admiring their architectural elements.


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