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East Texas (1932)


Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were among the most infamous in the Texas area, but there were many others that operated in the Oklahoma-Texas-Arkansas-Missouri area during the 1930s. The bullet ridden “curve” road sign is a testament to the lawlessness of the era. Boys just having fun or maybe something more. We will never know for sure. It would be naive to assume that some 1930s gangster had never taken a shot at it.

Bootleggers and Bank Robbers“; East Texas (1932)

Pennsylvania (May 15, 1937)


This photo would be typical of those taken from the Farm Security Administration’s collection in the Library of Congress in our opinion. But it does not come from their collection. She belongs to DPI. Moreover, I would argue that this style is similar to that of Russell Lee, one of the great FSA photographers from the 1930s. For us to add this image to our collection was a no-brainer.


Amish Woman With A Washtub“; Pennsylvania (May 15, 1937).

Macon, Georgia (1931). The weary, haunting stare of a Depression era shopkeeper. DPI's homage to Dorothea Lange's Ditched,


Located within DPI’s Documentary collection is the Americana gallery on page one. This gallery contains two extensive Event collections which we want to bring to your attention. On page two in this gallery in the “1930s” event which includes many images taken during the Great Depression. There are 66 pages within this event providing hundreds of images. Likewise in this gallery located on page five is our “People” event. Here there are 99 pages displaying hundreds of images. Both events should provide numerous selections for your needs.

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In the alleyway (1937).


Symbolic writing has been used to criticize authorities without identifying the author.  This was particularly evident during the times preceding the French Revolution by such writers as Voltaire and Rousseau.  To put their true name on such documents would have meant certain death.  We use photos, symbolically, to advance messages not immediately apparent.

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A "flapper" on the boardwalk at Atlantic City (November 30, 1924).


This essay is more about technique than social commentary.  In a previous newsletter we discussed sepia toning giving the same examples as in this essay.  For those who have not yet subscribed to our newsletter we present the significance of this process on our blog page.

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Great Depression

The Great Depression

“Migrant Mother” (1936) by Dorothea Lange is probably the most well recognized photo taken by the Farm Security Administration photographers that symbolizes the Great Depression. Several hundred thousand images both in black and white and in color were shot during this period.

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July 1, 1931: Americans on the move

Grapes of Wrath, c.1931 Featured

It could have been a scene taken from John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath, but for these folks and many more like them the experience was all too real. Migrants, headed for California and a new life while leaving the devastated Dust Bowl states behind. If you look closely at the bottom right in the photo you can see the bolt which held the missing wagon wheel standing upright in the road.

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