America During The Depression In Photos

Submitted by: madest 6 years ago in
http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2010/07/26/captured-america-in-color-from-1939-1943/2363/comment-page-19/

Have a look at how your grandparents (or great grandparents) lived in the late "30s early "40s.
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Male 102
what have we learned? people in the depression were ugly as drat
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Male 337
#49, that guy is the engineer
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Male 304
@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."
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Male 2,521
Unfortunately, Brockton, MA looks even more crappy today than it did back then.

And #16! Is that a female Napoleon Dynamite?
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Male 1,360
touching
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Male 14,334
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.
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Male 14,334
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.
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Male 14,334
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.

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Male 14,334
@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
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Male 179
One of the better posts on IAB in a long time
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Female 19
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!
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Male 304
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
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Male 1,744
"during the depression"? wasn`t that in the mid-late 20`s?
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Male 48
Thanks for this link. Best one today, I think.
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Male 531
Thats when america was really america
#58 true grit
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Male 588
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.
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Male 2,085
There was nothing in there that looks as bad as Detroit looks now.
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Female 3,562
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.
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Male 15,510
Depression pictures are depressing
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Male 304
@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

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Male 645
Marty McFly?

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Male 2,422
@EntrE: The stockmarket crashed in 1929.
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Male 1,108
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.
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Male 535
late 30s, early 40s??? you mean 20s right?
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Male 1,523
Works for me. And I always get amazed at how fast things change, this was relatively not too long ago...
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Male 593
Yeah the images were showing about an hour ago now their down :(
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Male 1,557
The link doesnt link to a gallery for me, just a page saying "share this gallery" but no photos displayed.
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Male 2,441
interested, swear*
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Male 2,441
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.
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Male 447
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.
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Female 1,743
these are very beautiful photographs; this made my day.
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Male 10,339
LOL! Real talk, this is a good post Madest.
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Male 7,378
[quote]Madest probably put it in his back pocket to take credit for it later, and just forgot. He found it and posted it.[/quote]
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Busted by a moron again... For shame.
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Male 110
The woman in the middle in number 11 looks like Helana Bonham Carter.
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Male 7,123
Outstanding photographs. The colour, which makes the images more `familiar` to us also emphasises the differences.
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Male 1,256
I`ve visited the remains of the mine in picture #22. It`s pretty decrepit, but still retains some beauty.
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Male 38,493
eww

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

again I say ... eww

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Female 843
I love looking at older pictures like this. It`s amazing to see how things used to be.
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Male 1,021
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.
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Female 4,039
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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Male 815
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
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Male 10,339
@crakr:

Madest probably put it in his back pocket to take credit for it later, and just forgot. He found it and posted it.
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Male 591
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.
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Female 2,674
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 :)
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Male 17,512
I submitted this last year.

:grumble grumble grumble:
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Female 583
"jeez everyone looks so sad."

They don`t call it the Depression because it was fun, haha.
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Male 226
jeez everyone looks so sad.

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Male 10,339
"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.
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Male 2,592
What you talkin about they ran trains on their grandma`s all over Europe, not just the UK haha
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Male 450
It was also a great workout for our grandfathers when stationed over in the UK to run a train on your grandmas = win
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Male 450
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
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Male 14,334
[quote]look how your grandparents weren`t fat![/quote]


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.
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Female 857
I love looking at old pictures- even cooler that they turned these into full colour. Cool post.
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Male 2,422
@FromPortugal: Europe solution for overweight---> new Holocaust. See. I can be an asshat too.
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Male 121
Unreal....if this happened today, this country would be in worse shape than it was in the 1930s.
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Female 3,574
Wow.
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Male 304
USA solution for overweight ---> get into a new depression lol
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Female 247
And people complain about things being bad now.
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Male 359
ruthless1990 you are quite right. Just like yours weren`t rude and stupid.
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Male 5,190
These are amazing.
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Male 683
@quick1dunkno typical european...
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Male 3,076
Amazing pictures!
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Female 3,001
look how your grandparents weren`t fat!
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Male 1,249
mmm pbr
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Male 4,746
Amazing pics. Thanks for finding these madest!
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Male 309
"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.
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Male 99
LOL soon come if you continue your oppressive ways..
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Male 7,378
Link: America During The Depression In Photos [Rate Link] - Have a look at how your grandparents (or great grandparents) lived in the late `30s early `40s.
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