Friday, May 09, 2008

Fascinating Photos

Recently came across a collection of photos from the Farm Security Administration.

Describing the photos, the curators say, "Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. In the early years, the project emphasized rural life and the negative impact of the Great Depression, farm mechanization, and the Dust Bowl. In later years, the photographers turned their attention to the mobilization effort for World War II. The core of the collection consists of about 164,000 black-and-white photographs."

These photos are a window into times and places most of us can't imagine. Here's one I simply love (Don't worry—no copyright restrictions):

For me, this captures something incredible about the human spirit. There's not much that's cheerful about kitchen walls insulated with layers of newspaper, but someone took a break from washing clothes on a scrub board to cut scallops into the papers above the window.

That, my friends, is hope-on-a-stick.


Doubting Thomas said...

I might differ with you slightly on this. It seems not so much like hope to me, as it is a recipe for wolf soup. As you know, I think wolf soup is far, far tastier than a meal of hope.

But I agree it's a great, great photo that speaks eloquently about the human spirit.

And leave it to you to see this kind of detail in such a photo.

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kario said...

I came home from my father's house with packets of photos from this other time in our history. There are some absolutely amazing images!

Michelle O'Neil said...

Hope on a stick.

You are "it" on a stick, Ms. Jerri.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Ditto Michelle!

Deb said...

I saw the scallops, too, before I read your words. And the tentative smile on the girl's lips. And the cut-out picture hanging at the right of the photo. I love your ability to see hope in bleak places!

Jess said...

Awesome picture!!