Tag: Great Depression

The Schoenfeldt family of Sheridan, Kansas worked hard on their turkey farm as these photographs reveal

The Schoenfeldt, a Russian-German family, raised turkeys on their farm in Sheridan County, Kansas in August 1939. Photojournalist Russell Lee took many photographs of the family as they went about their daily chores. Family of Mr. Schoenfeldt, FSA (Farm Security … Read More

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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 … Read More

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Circleville, Ohio – Displaced Farmers in 1938 had to live in shanty towns called Hoovervilles [vintage photographs]

As farms were foreclosed on during the Great Depression, many farmers around the town of Circleville found themselves having to live in the shanty town of  Hooverville as well. See larger image VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious … Read More

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