These photographs taken by Russell Lee in July 1942 document the efforts of the energetic residents of Ola, Idaho and show the backbone of America. Russell Lee reported “Some of the members are in the armed services and others are working in war factories and others are helping neighbors who are haying. One member of […]
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You must see these amazing photos and vintage films of citizens of Ola, Idaho in 1940s – Takes you back in time
Ola, Idaho applied and received for two loans from the Government to open a cooperative sawmill to save the town from economic ruin. Their efforts paid off and when photographer Russell Lee returned to the town in 1942, the smiles on faces of the citizens of Ola reveal their success. Member of the Ola self-help […]
A sawmill saved the town of Ola, Idaho from disaster – see pictures of the men who saved the town
The Great Depression hit Idaho hard. From 1929 to 1932, the income of the average Idahoan dropped nearly fifty percent. Photographer Dorothea Lange visited Gem County’s Squaw Creek Valley, Ola, Idaho in October and November 1939 and took many pictures of the residents. These photographs reveal Idaho’s social history during the Depression and early war years. […]
The people of Ola, Idaho rallied together during the Great Depression and built themselves a better life.
The picturesque town of Ola, Idaho was an isolated community due to impassable roads much of the winter and this created significant problems for them during the Great Depression. Ola is an unincorporated community in Gem County, Idaho, United States. It is located approximately 30 miles north of Emmett. Carroll Baird homesteaded along Squaw Creek, less than […]
Meet me in St. Louis, Louis – Great pics of St. Louis Fair includes a photo of Geronimo!
St. Louis World’s Fair In 1904, the World’s Fair took place in St. Louis, Missouri. The photographs below give you a glimpse of what it was like. The double pictures were made for stereoscopes which were popular at the time. A stereoscope or stereo viewer is a device for viewing a stereoscopic pair of separate images, depicting […]
Oregon Bound and gold mining 1884 – Amazing personal account of gold miner born in 1859!
I was born in New York City in 1859. After a fair amount of formal education, interlarded with hurriedly assimilated portions of the world’s great literature, I found employment in the offices of the Art Interchange Publishing Company, of New York. Believing myself possessed of more than average ability in the art of writing, I […]