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  1. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    February 1, 2011 at 5:12 am
    Link: America During The Depression In Photos - Have a look at how your grandparents (or great grandparents) lived in the late `30s early `40s.
  2. Profile photo of quick1dunkno
    quick1dunkno Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 5:28 am
    LOL soon come if you continue your oppressive ways..
  3. Profile photo of KPres
    KPres Male 30-39
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    February 1, 2011 at 5:47 am
    "LOL soon come if you continue your oppressive ways.."

    Oppressive ways? Are you f`n serious? That`s the dumbest thing I`ve ever heard.
  4. Profile photo of patchouly
    patchouly Male 40-49
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    February 1, 2011 at 5:52 am
    Amazing pics. Thanks for finding these madest!
  5. Profile photo of CaptainPabst
    CaptainPabst Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 6:10 am
    mmm pbr
  6. Profile photo of ruthless1990
    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 6:10 am
    look how your grandparents weren`t fat!
  7. Profile photo of SvampeBob
    SvampeBob Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 6:18 am
    Amazing pictures!
  8. Profile photo of aquaman1227
    aquaman1227 Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 6:24 am
    @quick1dunkno typical european...
  9. Profile photo of Schr0dinger
    Schr0dinger Male 50-59
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    February 1, 2011 at 6:35 am
    ruthless1990 you are quite right. Just like yours weren`t rude and stupid.
  10. Profile photo of MandyLea
    MandyLea Female 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 6:35 am
    And people complain about things being bad now.
  11. Profile photo of FromPortugal
    FromPortugal Male 18-29
    304 posts
    February 1, 2011 at 6:56 am
    USA solution for overweight ---> get into a new depression lol
  12. Profile photo of pui
    pui Female 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 7:23 am
    Wow.
  13. Profile photo of bigjames02
    bigjames02 Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 7:45 am
    Unreal....if this happened today, this country would be in worse shape than it was in the 1930s.
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 7:50 am
    @FromPortugal: Europe solution for overweight---> new Holocaust. See. I can be an asshat too.
  15. Profile photo of xxamsey
    xxamsey Female 18-29
    858 posts
    February 1, 2011 at 7:52 am
    I love looking at old pictures- even cooler that they turned these into full colour. Cool post.
  16. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 1, 2011 at 7:57 am
    look how your grandparents weren`t fat!


    That`s what happens when we have to bail your sorry asses out of 2 world wars. It was also a great workout for our grandfathers when stationed over in the UK to run a train on your grandmas.
  17. Profile photo of vodooshaman
    vodooshaman Male 70 & Over
    450 posts
    February 1, 2011 at 8:07 am
    i dont things look so bad here . i wish people worked hard and were thankful for what they had today. now those pics are the America i want
  18. Profile photo of vodooshaman
    vodooshaman Male 70 & Over
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    February 1, 2011 at 8:09 am
    It was also a great workout for our grandfathers when stationed over in the UK to run a train on your grandmas = win
  19. Profile photo of keith2
    keith2 Male 30-39
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    February 1, 2011 at 8:15 am
    What you talkin about they ran trains on their grandma`s all over Europe, not just the UK haha
  20. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    February 1, 2011 at 8:17 am
    "Unreal....if this happened today, this country would be in worse shape than it was in the 1930s."

    Yeah because now we are a nation of pussies who bitch and complain about stupid crap all, day, long.
  21. Profile photo of noxert323
    noxert323 Male 18-29
    226 posts
    February 1, 2011 at 8:20 am
    jeez everyone looks so sad.

  22. Profile photo of FeeFee
    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 8:22 am
    "jeez everyone looks so sad."

    They don`t call it the Depression because it was fun, haha.
  23. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    February 1, 2011 at 8:27 am
    I submitted this last year.

    :grumble grumble grumble:
  24. Profile photo of DixxyRarr
    DixxyRarr Female 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 8:28 am
    Wow, very humbling and beautiful. It makes me miss my Grandparents so bad it hurts.
    It also makes me want to puke that the media and others have amped up our economic downturn as if it even compares. Oh no, the fam can`t go to Disney World this year!
    Number 66, real-life Rosie the Riveter is inspiring :)
  25. Profile photo of fiizok
    fiizok Male 40-49
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    February 1, 2011 at 8:30 am
    Amazing...probably the best post I`ve ever seen on IAB. If you have any relatives that were alive during the Depression and WW2, ask them about their experiences. I guarantee they`ll have some incredible stories that will make you wonder how you`d survive in such desperate conditions.
  26. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    February 1, 2011 at 8:44 am
    @crakr:

    Madest probably put it in his back pocket to take credit for it later, and just forgot. He found it and posted it.
  27. Profile photo of Burton_Ian
    Burton_Ian Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 8:46 am
    wow... that was amazing..
    Dixxy you hit the nail on the head.. /-:

    It was pretty dramatic seeing the farm that had nothing but dust surrounding it, I can`t even imagine
  28. Profile photo of Oystah
    Oystah Female 40-49
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    February 1, 2011 at 9:03 am
    The kids on the school stage, some with shoes, some without :`( I love all the clothes - on the kids, all made by hand, all the men in hats, couple of suits at the farm auction....no baseball hats and printed sweatshirts. Very cool pics.
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    fivezones Male 40-49
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    February 1, 2011 at 9:09 am
    If there was ever a post worth 4 stars, this would be it.

    Nice to see something (most) I-A-B members don`t flame and troll about.
  30. Profile photo of sidewyz8
    sidewyz8 Female 18-29
    843 posts
    February 1, 2011 at 9:10 am
    I love looking at older pictures like this. It`s amazing to see how things used to be.
  31. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    February 1, 2011 at 9:35 am
    eww

    those people had no air conditioning, no deoderant and only bathed maybe once a week.

    again I say ... eww

  32. Profile photo of Skabashas
    Skabashas Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 9:44 am
    I`ve visited the remains of the mine in picture #22. It`s pretty decrepit, but still retains some beauty.
  33. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
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    February 1, 2011 at 10:00 am
    Outstanding photographs. The colour, which makes the images more `familiar` to us also emphasises the differences.
  34. Profile photo of SgtKunnt
    SgtKunnt Male 30-39
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    February 1, 2011 at 10:01 am
    The woman in the middle in number 11 looks like Helana Bonham Carter.
  35. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    February 1, 2011 at 10:13 am
    Madest probably put it in his back pocket to take credit for it later, and just forgot. He found it and posted it.
    ------------
    Busted by a moron again... For shame.
  36. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    February 1, 2011 at 10:23 am
    LOL! Real talk, this is a good post Madest.
  37. Profile photo of nubblins
    nubblins Female 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 11:05 am
    these are very beautiful photographs; this made my day.
  38. Profile photo of tvremote
    tvremote Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 11:06 am
    Loved #16 with the juxtaposition of that classic 40`s-50`s advertising with a picture of how a real family actually looked back then.
  39. Profile photo of Inter237
    Inter237 Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 11:10 am
    I`ve always been interesting in pictures like this. I sweat the generations that went through that have been the toughest and hardest working our country has seen. My grandpa was a marine in WWII and fought in Guadalcanal most famously where he was injured, sick, and ultimately lost his hearing due to it. I really look up to this generation.
  40. Profile photo of Inter237
    Inter237 Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 11:11 am
    interested, swear*
  41. Profile photo of TR-Wolf
    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    The link doesnt link to a gallery for me, just a page saying "share this gallery" but no photos displayed.
  42. Profile photo of anarchsoul
    anarchsoul Male 30-39
    593 posts
    February 1, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    Yeah the images were showing about an hour ago now their down :(
  43. Profile photo of Piepig
    Piepig Male 13-17
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    February 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm
    Works for me. And I always get amazed at how fast things change, this was relatively not too long ago...
  44. Profile photo of EntrE
    EntrE Male 18-29
    535 posts
    February 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm
    late 30s, early 40s??? you mean 20s right?
  45. Profile photo of rammo34
    rammo34 Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm
    Reminds me of my grandma. Both her parents got sick and died during the depression when she was only 8 years old. She had to be raised by her teenage brothers in rural Arkansas. That always puts things in perspective for me when I think of it.
  46. Profile photo of xiquiripat
    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm
    @EntrE: The stockmarket crashed in 1929.
  47. Profile photo of SunnyNphilly
    SunnyNphilly Male 18-29
    645 posts
    February 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm
    Marty McFly?

  48. Profile photo of FromPortugal
    FromPortugal Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    @xiquiripat :@FromPortugal: Europe solution for overweight---> new Holocaust. See. I can be an asshat too.

    lol i´m not jew, neither nazi, neither fat, neither religiuous/colour/race/anything else fanatic ... so .... i guess ...anything goes ... lol

  49. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm
    Depression pictures are depressing
  50. Profile photo of SarahofBorg
    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm
    The last one with the guy who was covered in carbon soot was funny because he`s smoking on top of that. I suppose if I was covered in soot every day and breathing that crap in than smoking isn`t so much worse.
  51. Profile photo of Dad4Life
    Dad4Life Male 50-59
    2081 posts
    February 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm
    There was nothing in there that looks as bad as Detroit looks now.
  52. Profile photo of Robert_D
    Robert_D Male 18-29
    589 posts
    February 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm
    Awesome pictures, and thanks for sharing IAB! I sometimes wonder what these people would think if they were plucked from their world and put into ours (without living the intervening 70 years). What would they think of us? What would we think of them if the situation were reversed?

    Just a note, all these pictures are from 1939 to 1942 according to the page. The depression started in 1929, was at its worst around 1933, then things started getting progressively better (generally, all areas were effected differently). So while these pictures still show the effect of the depression somewhat, especially on rural areas that took longer to recover, to say these pictures were "during the depression" is somewhat misleading, as the depression, in 1933, was MUCH worse that these pictures show.
  53. Profile photo of popsiclemyk
    popsiclemyk Male 13-17
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    February 1, 2011 at 7:38 pm
    Thats when america was really america
    #58 true grit
  54. Profile photo of Civas-lies
    Civas-lies Male 18-29
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    February 1, 2011 at 8:28 pm
    Thanks for this link. Best one today, I think.
  55. Profile photo of phoneybone
    phoneybone Male 18-29
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    February 2, 2011 at 1:42 am
    "during the depression"? wasn`t that in the mid-late 20`s?
  56. Profile photo of FromPortugal
    FromPortugal Male 18-29
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    February 2, 2011 at 1:53 am
    here´s a history lesson fron a non american person

    Depression was in 1929, black friday, banks colapses, conspiracy theorys say that some rich families owner of some rich banks speculate in order to destroy other banks,for example The Rockefellers.monetary sistem collapses.hunger, poverty,unemployment...etc

    WWII was in 1939,Europe was devastated,war was going on and the nazi were winning,US didn´t care,and it was only after the pearl harbour attack that US oficially joinned the war...it was a good chance for the United States to get loans fron europeans to help them rebuild,and get rich from helping...the US government and the US banks helped europe rebuilt itself but they also got many long term profits from it...

    so...
    1929 - 1933 depression
    1939 - 1943 world war 2,mass production in the US, employment, jobs, war machine, industry development......all this doesn´t sound depression to me...

    but the pictures are nice
  57. Profile photo of cocacola311
    cocacola311 Female 30-39
    19 posts
    February 2, 2011 at 5:11 am
    This was before kids expected everything to be handed to them and they actually had to work. I made my daughter look at these pics to see how good she actually got it!
  58. Profile photo of minimullen34
    minimullen34 Male 18-29
    179 posts
    February 2, 2011 at 7:41 am
    One of the better posts on IAB in a long time
  59. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2011 at 7:25 am
    @FromPortugal

    So that`s what your taught for history? We did it for money? You should drop the European bias and look at facts here the Lend Lease program which was made before Pearl Harbor

    Under the terms of lend-lease, Britain did not actually buy the equipment but borrowed it for the duration of the war, or until it was destroyed. However, when the war was over Britain needed to keep some of the equipment for post-war use. The US allowed Britain to buy the equipment at the bargain basement price of 1.075 billion pounds ($4.34 billion at the 1945 exchange rate). So there is your exact figure. This would be worth around $50 billion in today`s money.

    However, as the US extended Britain a loan to make this payment the debt was not actually settled until many years later. America extended a 50-year-loan worth $4.34 billion at 2% interest. Britain didn`t stop repaying until 2006 (it was six years late). Together with interest, the total amount that Britain paid
  60. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2011 at 7:26 am
    This is absolute peanuts compared with the actual value of the military material that was provided. American military assistance to Britain in World War II was worth $31.4 billion in 1940s prices. In today`s money, that is equivalent to around $380 billion.

    Even the $4.34 billion loan only covered around 14% of the cost of wartime assistance, and this loan was extended on extremely generous terms over fifty years. So Britain would have ended up paying less then 10% of the cost of all the equipment it received during the war.

    As far as the Soviet Union is concerned, it never paid a cent for US wartime assistance.

  61. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2011 at 7:26 am
    The total value of US military assistance was $11.3 billion (in 1940s prices, equivalent to $140 billion today). In 1972, President Nixon agreed to settle this debt for $722 million, payable over 20 years at 3% interest. However, even this piffling amount was never received. It was conditional on Russia being granted Most Favoured Nation trading status by the US government, which didn`t happen until 1992. By that time the US had given up on trying to collect the debt.

    So, if you ignore inflation but include interest on the US loan to Britain, the total amount the US received was $7.5 billion. The US therefore made a net loss of 31.4 + 11.3 - 7.5 = $35.2 billion.
  62. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2011 at 7:28 am
    Tell me how that`s making money it wasn`t about that Roosevelt saw the writing on the wall and wanted to keep Allied forces fighting.
  63. Profile photo of PierreJeanFR
    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
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    February 3, 2011 at 10:37 am
    touching
  64. Profile photo of RobSwindol
    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2011 at 10:51 am
    Unfortunately, Brockton, MA looks even more crappy today than it did back then.

    And #16! Is that a female Napoleon Dynamite?
  65. Profile photo of FromPortugal
    FromPortugal Male 18-29
    304 posts
    February 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm
    @McGovern1981 unfortunatly my dear friend as much i would like to agreed with you, every war has political, monetary and personal interests envolved...

    sorry mate but its the truth...

    see it on the bright side, if it wasnt for the money, or power or fear from having a growing enemy such as the nazis, it also wasnt for the simpathy...

    the US leaders would never have helped in the ww2 if there wasnt an interest.

    no war is a just war

    and by interest i mean everything, military bases in foreing territory, etc etc etc...

    every war is profitable, some way or another...

    some man once said "I believe that the progressive supporters of the war have confused a "just cause" with a "just war."
  66. Profile photo of hampoofegg
    hampoofegg Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm
    #49, that guy is the engineer
  67. Profile photo of PikoParty
    PikoParty Male 13-17
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    February 17, 2011 at 1:52 am
    what have we learned? people in the depression were ugly as drat

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