I’m still in awe over this set of images from the FSA, capturing early America (1939-1941). I can only speak for myself, but seeing them instantly takes me to a place of questioning what it must have been like to live that life, to stand in that exact spot and not even be capable of imagining all the things that would come after you- of all the things you were making possible by merely working hard every day. And of course there’s that profound connectedness I always feel when I look at images/movies/hear songs so old and they seem to fit right in today’s world (of course, with minor adjustments). It constantly reminds me of how much has changed, and yet so much is still the same. (Above, homesteaders in New Mexico. 1941)

Children gathering potatoes. Aroostook, Maine. 1940.

Chopping cotton, White Plains, Green County Georgia. 1941.

Barker at the grounds at the state fair. Rutland, Vermont, September 1941.

Couples at square dance. McIntosh County, Oklahoma, 1939 or 1940.

Garden adjacent to the dugout home of Jack Whinery, homesteader. Pie Town, New Mexico, September 1940.


Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in their rest room, Chicago and Northwest Railway Company. Clinton, Iowa, April 1943.

Welder making boilers for a ship, Combustion Engineering Company. Chattanooga, Tennessee, June 1942.

All of the photos (and many more) can be found here.

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2 responses to “

  1. Oooh these are beautiful! Recently, I’ve been entertaining myself by looking through the collections of photos on the Library of Congress website.

  2. I’ve been addicted to the LOC on flickr for awhile but this most recent batch is extra special.

    That top photo of the kid and the potatoes, that’s gonna be me tomorrow.

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