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Boone County: 1935

Boone County: 1935

October 1935. "Boone County, Arkansas. The family of a Resettlement Administration client in the doorway of their home." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Resettlement Administration.

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Re: Propaganda

Yes, those pictures are not from Ukraina. Ukrainian pictures you can see here: .


Amazingly, this photo and three others from The Great Depression USA were presented in Ukraine... as part of an exposition dedicated to 1930's hunger.
Organizers used them to prove a genocide against ukrainians. In addition, there were two shots from Volga region.
Links for reference:,204889779


The little girl is a younger clone of her mother. I hope her life was easier. The boy has a strong jaw. He probably ended up in WWII.


When you look at the woman the first time, you think she's starving but if you look at her carefully, she isn't particularly skinny, just her face... and now THAT'S scary.

They look all so worried. A really touching photo.


It's funny how some people in today's world are struggling to look like the woman in the picture. Starving.

The Mother

The poignant look, the desperation, is heartbreaking. Can we find out who they were and what happened to them?

This looks

so painful. Human nature runs the gamut of emotion in this picture. One wants to pity, yet admire them in the same breath.

So much we take for granted.


The mother looks to be just this side of starvation, but the kids look relatively healthy. No doubt she was skimping on her own food for their sake.

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