Eyes of the Great Depression 014

Mr. Wardlow, drought area farmer

Mr. Wardlow, drought area farmer

Mr. Wardlow, drought area farmer

Mr. Wardlow, drought area farmer, adjusting to a Western farm. Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon

1939 Oct.

photographer: Dorothea Lange

Part of: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection

Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540 USA


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  • XUP Mar 9, 2009

    You might see many of the same sort of faces these days

    <abbr>XUP’s last blog post..Patience Is My Middle Name</abbr>

  • Mike Mar 9, 2009

    XUP – I agree. Hopefully the despair won't be as long or as widespread as it was in the 30s.

  • Patricia Mar 9, 2009

    Wonderful picture, and description. Sorry I haven't been here for awhile my reader and email disappeared on me again! I am getting frustrated with all the IT failure…

    At Least my IT person was able to fix it in record time, but now I am filling up my reader again, trying to get all my favorites on one page.

    Nice work…will go read your Wed. post now

    <abbr>Patricia’s last blog post..“My Neighborhood Looks Like a Snow Globe!”</abbr>

  • Barbara Swafford Mar 9, 2009

    Hi Mike – These photos remind me of some I have of my ancestors. They looked so serious. It wasn't until I got older and comprehend what they went through, that I began to understand they probably didn't feel they had anything to smile about.

    <abbr>Barbara Swafford’s last blog post..Where Or Where Do The Bloggers Go</abbr>

  • Dot Mar 10, 2009

    He looks tough, but sad. I never thought we'd see those days in our generation.

    <abbr>Dot’s last blog post..Under the Weather</abbr>

  • Boris Mar 10, 2009

    Thanks so very much for sharing… These pictures tell a story that words can not properly explain. It saddens me when I see such pain. It is even sadder to consider our current fate. I am now having difficult shaking those images from my thoughts… Wow!

    <abbr>Boris’s last blog post..The 109 Day Link Building Explosion Day 68</abbr>

  • Mike Mar 11, 2009

    Patricia – I'm glad that you were able to get back your reader and e-mail. That can be frustrating. I had problems with MS Outlook over a year ago and switched to gmail with the intent of fixing Outlook, but I never got around to it and now I'll probably never go back.

    Barbara – I think part of the issue with the very early photos was that they had to stand so still to get a good exposure, though that wasn't the case at the time this one was taken. The times this man was going through was pretty grim, but there were probably some lighter moments, too.

    Dot – I didn't either. Unfortunately, things are likely to get worse before it gets better.

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