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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Jackson County: 1936

Jackson County: 1936

Today, a selection of images by the undeservedly obscure Farm Security Administration photographer Theodor Jung. April 1936. "Wife of rehabilitation client. Jackson County, Ohio." 35mm nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Grim Determination

I don't get the "grim determination" of yesteryear compared to the present day "gimme" looks. If I compare this photo to poor folks I see today they both look tired to me.

Moved to tears

Hi Dale

What an amazing video that is. My father was Arthur Rothstein and he took many of the images in your video. I've never seen anything like this and after viewing your video I looked at some of the other Depression era videos on You Tube. You might be bored but you really did move me. I really enjoyed it, thank you! Wishing you all the best.

Take care of yourself

Eve

Dale

Thanks. Your efforts are appreciated.
Joe

Re: Mr.Caruso

Thank you very much ... but "Mr. Caruso" was my dad ... Every time someone says that, I tend turn around and look if he is standing behind me ... and wonder, what in the world did I do wrong THIS TIME. Also, he passed some 10 years ago ... so that REALLY becomes spooky.

Dale

Mr Caruso

Just watched your project and what a wonderful use of time, gave me goose bumps!! Thank you

The Great Dust Bowl

I think what amazes me most in looking over hundreds of photos here and at the Library of Congress photo archives is that despite the situation, the near hopelessness of it all, look closely at their eyes ... in this photo and in others. There is a determination that somehow, in some way they will pull through. That in some fashion THEY will pull themselves through.

Compare these with photos of today’s poor and homeless, too often is the case that in their eyes is the look of ... “who is going to fix this FOR me.”

To paraphrase Mort Sahl, "There were four million people in the Colonies and we had Jefferson and Franklin and colonists that wouldn’t say quit. Now we have over 200 million and the two top guys are Clinton and maybe Rudy Giuliani and plenty of welfare and ‘do for me.’ What can you draw from this? Darwin was wrong!"

An old friend of mine, John West, who is an Egyptologist, once told me “Have you ever noticed that as the curve of technological achievements moves up, the curve of morality moves down.” Perhaps there is something to that.

Oh, as you might read in my profile, for 25 years I was a writer/ producer (audio-radio) and after retiring, taught journalism part-time. Now, having terminal cancer, I feel like even that is an infringement on whatever time remaining, so I cut back to the occasional lecture.

Recently I discovered microsoft’s movie maker - meaning it had been on my machine for years, just never noticed it before. Using pictures here, and from the LOC, and little bit of this, that and the other. I produced a “slide/video project. It is up at YouTube.

Shorpy.com is mentioned in the credits and in the description is the link to here. I do hope that it will draw even more attention to this incredible site. Also, I have a number of other similar projects posted there, in the search just enter dalecaruso. As to the purpose of all these, other than through some, hopefully interesting enough videos, get folks to visit and become interested in similar sites such as this one. And to be blunt and honest, from a purely personal standpoint ... I AM BORED TO TEARS, and just wanted something to do.

Dale

Lady of the House

I wonder how old she is. Younger than we suppose, I bet.

Agree

Jung should not be overlooked. This is an absolutely stunning portrait; this woman is unable to hide any of her personality from his lens, despite her dourness and additionally the photo is quite nicely composed. If this Wikipedia entry is correct, Jung only worked for the FSA for one year or so. From all I’ve read, Roy Stryker, who managed the FSA photographers, took good care of them with clear directions, adequate funding and a fair degree of artistic independence.
Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska

 
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