An abandoned farm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma–The Bitter Years #9

An abandoned farm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma by Arthur Rothstein, exhibited in Steichen's The Bitter Years

The Bitter Years, Wall 2 (Drought and Erosion)
An abandoned farm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma
April 1936
Arthur Rothstein 4091-E

Very coincidentally, this abandoned farm is from the same time and place as the third image on yesterday’s post, Dust, Drought and Depression #8, which was originally published June 10, 2013. (I am refurbishing the old Dust, Drought, and Depression posts and republishing for 2016.)


The Bitter Years, in 1962, was Edward Steichen’s last exhibition as Director of the Department of Photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The images in the exhibition were personally selected by Steichen from 270,000 photos taken for the Farm Security Administration by a team of photographers employed between 1935 and 1941 to document (primarily) rural America during the Great Depression.

Image information:

  • Rothstein, Arthur, photographer. An abandoned farm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma. Apr, 1936. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1998019007/PP/. (Accessed September 19, 2016.)
  • Call Number: LC-USF346- 004091-E [P&P]
  • Part of: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection
america, american history, great depression, landscape, oklahoma, photography, the bitter years, vintage images

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