A few nice great depression images I found:
The Bridge the CCC Built
Image by kafkan
Civilian Conservation Corps ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilian_Conservation_Corps )
The CCC was a program started by FDR during the Great Depression to give employment to young men to help them support their families.
They would join for 6 month periods and live in camps which would travel around the country doing domestic construction work. They built many roads and bridges. They were especially active around National and state parks (they paved the road into Palo Duro Canyon and built all the stone picknik and restroom buildings).
They were also responsible for many of the older road side rest areas. They also built some of the facilities in older city parks. You can almost always tell their work by the use of large pieces of native stone in public buildings.
The WPA ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Works_Progress_Administration )was another New Deal work program, but it employed anyone needing work and was not exclusive to younger men. At one time it was the largest employer in the country. Their projects were much the same as the CCC. Many brick streets were laid by the WPA.
An interesting branch of the WPA was the PWAP (Public Works of Art Project)( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PWAP ). It employed artists from around the country to pait murals in public buildings. There are several murals in the Amarillo Federal Building that were painted by the PWAP ( www.wpamurals.com/texas.html ). There were many artists who worked for the PWAP and some of them went on to be pretty famous ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_WPA_artists ).
Mt. Holyoke, Massachusetts – Scenes. West Boylston Manufacturing Company, 1936
Image by The U.S. National Archives
Original Caption: Mt. Holyoke, Massachusetts – Scenes. West Boylston Manufacturing Company, 1936
U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 69-RP-67
Photographer: Hine, Lewis
The New Deal
Tennessee Valley Authority
Works Progress Administration
The Great Depression
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Image by spatwei
I’ve been meaning to shoot this scene of the Great Depression’s bread lines at the Roosevelt Memorial, especially considering the economic woes of the country. The dusting of snow Wednesday morning gave me a good reason to stop by before work.
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