Jun 30, 2009

On the Move

A fine shot of a father and his son. The image caption says they're boarding a train in West Virginia, bound for New York state where they'll work as agricultural laborers.

Photo by John Collier. Sept. 1942. [American Memory link]

Jun 28, 2009

Father of Nine

Tip Estes, a 43-year-old father of nine, with four of his offspring. Indiana, 1937.

Photo by Russell Lee. [American Memory link]

Jun 26, 2009

Three Generations

A father, his daughter, and his grandchild. When this photo was taken in San Antonio, Texas in 1939 this family's home was described by the photographer as a "shack".

Photo by Russell Lee. [American Memory link]

Jun 24, 2009


Three days ago, Father's Day was celebrated in Canada and the United States. That same afternoon, the father of a young friend of mine departed this mortal coil, having lost a battle with cancer.

The child being held by her father in this photo was awarded first prize in the 'healthiest baby contest' at the Shelby County Fair and Horse Show.

Taken by Marion Post Wolcott, in Kentucky. 1940. [American Memory link]

Jun 17, 2009

Healthy Specimen

August Ehlen, a Colorado farmer, examines a sugar beet. 1939.

Photo by Arthur Rothstein. [American Memory link]

Jun 16, 2009

Tea in Wartime

This 1943 photograph has the following caption:

"North Africa, long starved by the Axis, sees the American flag on tea from the United States, 800 tons of it. Six million half-and-quarter-pound flag-stamped packages have been distributed so far. Fourteen million packages of cotton goods, used clothing, condensed and powder milk, sugar, tobacco, and other essentials have gone into North Africa since our occupation in November."

[American Memory link]

Jun 15, 2009

Four Freedoms

Taken in 1943 by an unidentified photographer, the caption accompanying this photo reads:

"In enemy-occupied countries where matches are scarce, five tons of them have been circulated by methods which must remain military secrets for the present. They carry this message to every match lighter: "The Four Freedoms--Freedom to speak, Freedom to worship, Freedom to think, Freedom from want."

[American Memory link]

Jun 14, 2009

Flag Day

Women at a New Jersey flag company trim threads from a flag made for the United States government. Americans commemorate the adoption of their flag each year on June 14th.

Photo by Marjory Collins, 1943. [American Memory link]

Jun 13, 2009

Beet Fields

Minnesota sugar beet workers in Minnesota, 1937. (Click the image for a larger version).

Photo by Russell Lee. [American Memory link]

Jun 12, 2009

Sugar Beets

Loading a truck with sugar beets. Nebraska, 1938.

Photo by John Vachon. [American Memory link]

Jun 11, 2009

Community Chest

Many of us associate the term "community chest" with the boardgame, Monopoly. Turns out, it was an earlier incarnation of the United Way charity. Nebraska, 1938.

Photo by John Vachon. [American Memory link]

Jun 10, 2009

Field Trip

Highschool students visit the Lincoln Memorial in 1942. The caption accompanying this photo says these students were chosen for their "intellectual alertness" and rewarded with a week-long trip to Washington, D.C.

Photo by Marjory Collins. [American Memory link]

Jun 3, 2009

Standing Tall

A monument dedicated to the copper miners of Arizona. I love the watercolor look of the clouds.

Photo by Dorothea Lange, 1937. [American Memory link]

Jun 2, 2009

After the Rain

Sunbathers in Maryland, 1943.

Photo by Esther Bubley. [American Memory link]

Jun 1, 2009

Missouri Umbrella

Taken in a school in Missouri, 1938.

Photo by Russell Lee. [American Memory link]