Tag: Great Depression

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Circleville, Ohio in 1938 – Have the Industries changed? [vintage photographs]

During the Depression, Circleville, Ohio still had some business operating. Eshelman’s Feed Mill employed 150-200 men the year ’round. The pay averaged about eighty-five cents an hour. Another business, Container Corporation of America made paper out of straw and absorbed the by-product of all neighboring farms. In addition, there were still a number of canneries and […]

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The End of the day for cotton laborers meant waiting to be paid [see pictures from 1938 Arkansas]

After a grueling day picking cotton, at the New Deal, Lake Dick Project in Arkansas, day laborers were rewarded with their pay each evening for their work. The counting and recording took time so the laborers had to wait time to receive payment. Many rested, while others stood and watched the monetary transactions as these photographs taken by Russell […]

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No heavy equipment – Mules, tractors and shovels built this ‘green’ town and provided jobs

Mules, tractors and shovels built this town When construction started on the town, there was no heavy equipment to move the earth, only tractors and men with shovels and the project provided work for them. The village of Greenhills, a greenbelt community in northern Hamilton County was built by the federal government as part of President Franklin […]

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[Great pictures] At the Lake Dick Project in Arkansas in 1938, there was always work that must be done – great pictures of people from 1938

Little remains of the Lake Dick Project from Roosevelt’s New Deal. All that is left are a few houses. The area is currently on the National Register of Historic Places. When it was active, there was considerable work for everyone as seen by the photographs taken in 1938 by Russell Lee and Dorothea Lange. Dairy […]