Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother. Taken during the Great depression. Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California 1936. Restored & colorized by myself.
October 24th 1929: ‘Black Thursday’
On this day in 1929 the ‘Black Thursday’ stock market crash took place on the New York Stock Exchange, thus beginning the ‘Wall Street Crash’. This was the worst stock market crash in American history and heralded the beginning of the Great Depression. The 1920s had been seeing a period of prosperity and optimism but the markets had been unstable for a few days before the crash. On October 24th the market lost 11% of its value. Stocks continued to fall and in the ensuing Depression 25% of Americans were out of work.
Amarillo, Texas, general view, Santa Fe R.R. trip. Ca. March, 1943.
Night view of part of Santa Fe R.R. yard, Kansas City, Kansas. Ca. March 1943.
Daniel Anastazia, blacksmith’s helper, Rock Island R.R., Blue Island, Ill. Ca. April 1943
Daughter of farmer resettled on Kearney Farmsteads, Nebraska. Ca. May, 1936.
Migrant black workers and their shack. Belle Glade, Florida. Ca. February, 1941,
Daniel Sampson, farmer of 125 acres of submarginal land. Jefferson County, New York. Ca. December, 1937.
I get most of my photos from various U.S archives.