Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Great Depression was Real

The Library of Congress has released some never before seen color photos taken during the Depression.  This one was taken some time during 1941 or 1942 in Washington, DC.  The color in these photos takes the Depression years from a nebulous black and white dream time, into reality.

Right away I noticed a couple of things.  First, the number of children.  Back then, there were lots of children and they played together around the neighborhood(s).  Second, the gender differentiation.  The girls are all in dresses and the boys all have sticks they are using as toy guns.  Third, the fact that their toys are self-made (the sticks, anyway--I do see a bike on the right.)

 I bet that building still stands in Washington.

2 comments:

TACParent said...

Interesting find. To think my folks were in their early 20s then.

Dymphna said...

My mom was in High School and my dad was about 11 or 12.

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