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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Bunkhouse Boys: 1940

Bunkhouse Boys: 1940

December 1940. Construction workers gathered around the bunkhouse stove in the new craftsmen's barracks at Camp Blanding, Florida. View full size.
Medium-format safety negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA.

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What the New Deal did...

Seeing these old FSA photos over the past month caused me to pull an excellent history of the era off my shelf and re-read some chapters on the New Deal era. An excellent overview can be found in the chapter "What the New Deal Did" in David M. Kennedy's "Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945"

Not all New Deal programs worked, in fact, some were disastrous. Roosevelt had the good sense to abandon untenable projects and try new things. My recollection of the book's thesis (I didn't re-read the whole thing) is that FDR was driven by finding a way out for the American people, not by ideology. He was not afraid to buck conventional wisdom, liberals, conservatives, the press, friends, or enemies. His programs had flaws - only the good ones survived the war.

The book tells how amazingly close to chaos and civil unrest America was in 1933-35 at the depth of the Depression. I highly recommend this book!

Goober Pea

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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