Monday, March 29, 2010

A treasure in my email today....

I received an email today with several photos from the Great Depression and wanted to share them, in case you have not seen them***. They are exactly as I imagined scenes from The Worst Hard Time; nothing but dirt and sand as far as you can see, cardboard tacked on shacks to keep out the sand, farmers trying to give every possible drop of water to their crops. The faces in the photos speak for themselves.





























*** I do not know the origin of these pictures and do not claim any rights on them.

5 comments:

MyStory of HiStory said...

Wow - hard to imagine ... even with pics! We are so blessed.

Wendy said...

This is a great article. Several people who lived through the Depression were interviewed for the article and give their impressions of how prepared (or rather *un*prepared) we are today to handle what they lived through.

Great stuff.

Maria said...

Wow, heart wrenching isn't it. I agree - we are so ill-prepared for something like this. Thank you for sharing these pictures.

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Hi folks,
I'm glad you enjoyed these. It was an amazing time. I truely admire everyone who lived through it.

Wendy,
Thank you for linking the article! The key fact is that these folks accepted their conditions and forged on, without complaining.
Mr Trescott's ending statement is perfect: 'are the American people ready to make the decisions to cut back to survive a situation where you just don't have as much income?'

Wendy said...

What I really loved about the article was the point that a lot of people survived the financial collapse by working "odd jobs", and while it's nice to have a steady income that we can count on, I wonder why, as a society, we've decided that working a little in several different industries is a bad thing. When did we decide it was better to be specialized in one field? It's like we totally forgot the old advice, "don't put all your eggs in one basket." We did, and now we're discovering a lot of broken eggs.