The Great Depression Pictures Brought To Life In Colour

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Knock Knock
The Great Depression was the single most catastrophic economic nosedive the United States has ever seen. When the stock market crashed in Oct. 1929, Wall Street panicked and the entire country quickly fell into a depression that lasted for years as industrial output plummeted and unemployment surged.

By 1933, the U.S. economy was at a nadir never seen before in the country's history as 15 million Americans had lost their jobs and almost half of the banks had failed entirely. Americans across the country suddenly found themselves struggling desperately to merely survive.

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Flood victims line up for Red Cross relief in Kentucky. 1937.​

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A destitute family in the Ozark Mountains area of Arkansas. 1935.

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A cotton sharecropper with his family at their home in Hale County, Ala. 1935.​

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Cotton pickers in Arkansas. 1935.​

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An unemployed man holds a sign voicing his frustrations. Circa early 1930s.​

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Due to acromegalic gigantism, Jack Earle grew to 7'7" tall. He traveled with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for 14 years before becoming a salesman. 1930.

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Shanty town dwellings sit in New York's Central Park at the height of the Great Depression. 1933.

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Martin Laurello, the "Human Owl," could turn his neck a full 180 degrees. He appeared in Sam Wagner’s freak show on Coney Island. 1938.

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A couple poses with a Cadillac in Harlem. 1932.

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The first legal case of beer arrives at the White House following the repeal of Prohibition. Washington, D.C. April 1933.​


 

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His Sunflower
This is beautiful. That sign on that man's back really hits home. Seeing these images in color, takes you there, it's brilliant. They should force these images in schools, drill it in everyone's head. This really wasn't that long ago, and something's got to give. I'm no economics expert, nor a doomsday specialist, but the past has a way of repeating itself. I'm as guilty as any, I have a serious shoe addiction, and it's so fucking stupid. It's better than all my past addictions but it's there, and I accept it as a replacement for heroine. Thanks for sharing these photos, personally, I will not buy those doc marten high tops today. Stopping the 2nd depression is a struggle, but I will save you all
 
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