In the Great Depression, many Circleville, Ohio farms were foreclosed on and the farmers families were forced to move to town. The small town did their best to handle the large influx of people.
Here are some street scenes from 1938 taken by Artist and photographer, Ben Shahn of people living there. The street signs show many of the names of stores in the downtown area. Notice how dressed up the ladies, many with hats and gloves. Everyone use to dress up when going downtown.