Archive: Then and Now

From the New Deal to a "Great Deal"


Enlarge Photo Jack Delano/Library of Congress During the 1930s, the government hired photographers to document the toll the Great Depression was having on average Americans (all the previous photos I’ve featured fall into that category). The photographers were also...

By Travis Fox | October 28, 2008; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

Small Town Bank Failure


Enlarge Photo Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress Like many rural banks, the Farmers Savings Bank in Haverhill, Iowa failed during the Great Depression. Arthur Rothstein captured what remained in 1939. But what is perhaps more interesting was how Rothstein described...

By Travis Fox | October 23, 2008; 01:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Dust Bowl


Enlarge Photo Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress Cimarron County in Oklahoma was among the hardest hit parts of the country during the Dust Bowl, the severe drought during the Great Depression that forced hundreds of thousands to migrate west. Arthur...

By Travis Fox | October 18, 2008; 01:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Stuck in Blythe, Calif.


Enlarge Photo Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress Blythe is on the California and Arizona border, an oasis in the middle of the desert. In 1936 Dorothea Lange found a family stuck here during their travels from Oklahoma to more fertile...

By Travis Fox | October 15, 2008; 02:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Irony of Billboards


Enlarge Photo Dorothea Lange / Library of Congress The same road. The same county. During the Great Depression, photographer Dorothea Lange captured the irony of three migrant families camping next to a billboard on Route 99 in Kern County,...

By Travis Fox | October 11, 2008; 07:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

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