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These Vivid Photos Show Texas During The Great Depression And Wartime

Dec 26, 2014

During the Great Depression, photographers fanned out across the country to capture the United States. Some of them visited Texas, snapping thousands of pictures.

The photographers continued taking pictures during the early 1940s, when the country was focused on World War II.

A team at Yale University has produced a cool site that allows you to look at the photos from the Library of Congress, county by county, across the country.

Scroll down to look at some of the pictures from Texas -- and click on the slideshow above. The pictures range from the bright lights of downtown Dallas to folks driving to church in the country -- from women making tortillas to farmers picking corn and cotton.  

About the pictures

From Yale’s Photogrammar:

The Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) produced some of the most iconic images of the Great Depression and World War II and included photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein who shaped the visual culture of the era both in its moment and in American memory. Unit photographers were sent across the country. 

Of the 170,000 photographs in the collection, approximately 88,000 were printed and placed in the filing cabinets of the FSA-OWI. 

Dallas County

A farmer stands in a field near Dallas.
Credit Dorothea Lange / Library of Congress

    

A mother and her daughter feed chickens in front of their new home in Dallas in 1935.
Credit Photographer unknown / Library of Congress

A Farm Security Administration exhibit at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas in 1939.
Credit Russell Lee / Library of Congress

Tarrant County 

A woman checks the mail in Dalworthington Gardens in 1936.
Credit Arthur Rothstein / Library of Congress

   

These women drilled a wing bulkhead for a transport plane at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant in Fort Worth in 1942.
Credit Howard R. Hollem / Library of Congress

A worker in Fort Worth in 1936.
Credit Dorothea Lange / Library of Congress

Kaufman County

A woman with canned goods in Kaufman County in 1936.
Credit Library of Congress

Ellis County

The child of a day laborer in Ellis County in 1937.
Credit Dorothea Lange / Library of Congress

Day laborers in Ellis County in 1937.
Credit Dorothea Lange / Library of Congress

Parker County 

A farmer sells chickens at a farmer's market in Weatherford in 1939.
Credit Russell Lee / Library of Congress

A group of Weatherford residents gather to listen to a politician in 1939.
Credit Russell Lee / Library of Congress

Bexar County  

A mother and her son in San Antonio in 1939.
Credit Russell Lee / Library of Congress

These women make corn tortillas in a shop in San Antonio in 1939.
Credit Russell Lee / Library of Congress

Click on the slideshow above for more pictures.

Learn more

Watch this video that explores the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information's Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress.

Here's another video about the collection from the Library of Congress.

h/t KPLU’s Quirksee