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Photos of the Last Depression

January 16th, 2009 at 05:44 pm



I thought these photos from the Smithsonian collection were very moving.

Photographs of the Great Depression

Seeing kids without shoes, families living in shanties, and driving across country with all of their possessions piled on top of a car is humbling. After listening to the talking heads on TV going bananas over our current state of the economy images like these really put things into perspective.

6 Responses to “Photos of the Last Depression”

  1. gamecock43 Says:

    thank you for the pictures. I do appreciate how much we have when I look at those photos.

  2. Analise Says:

    I saw some of these photos at an exhibit this last summer. They are indeed heart-wrenching and humbling.

    I have a friend who is 92 and who lived through the depression as a teenager. I would say living (trying to survive) during the Great Depression has impacted they way she thinks about money to this day. She is exceedingly frugal but I understand why. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Koppur Says:

    My great aunt was a child during the depression and she would tell us stories of stuffing newspaper between her jacket and clothes to keep warm at night so they wouldn't freeze. Very scary and humbling.

    One of my fave books is Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck which follows a family of "Oakies" ad they move west during the depression in the dust bowl.

  4. mimipaula1 Says:

    I can look in my family's photo albums and see pictures such as those you posted. My grandparents and parents came through the hard times of the Depression. They told how blessed they were to be living in a rural setting, as they could raise their own meat and garden.

  5. mooshocker Says:

    The great depression was a very scary time for our country but I imagine a very important foundation of learning for our great leaders.

    That said, I was talking with my father in law this past summer regarding when he was a young boy growing up in family of meat packers/butchers from Poland.

    Although everyone was effected in some way by the events of the depression, I was shocked to hear that he and his family never went without food. In fact, they ate the meats and sausages that they butchered, packed and set for sale in their store that did not sell.

    Although fruits and other luxuries were nill, they sure did eat good. God bless.

  6. Amber Says:

    I always thank God because first there is always some one worst off than me in addition my situation could be worst. I pray we all get out of this mess

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