Eat good food and share!

Recently the Library of Congress released 1600 color photographs of the era spanning the 1930s and 1940s. Included in these photographs are many photos of the Great Depression, with a focus on rural areas. The collection culminates in the 1940s, showing how the United States and its people mobilized to support the war effort

This photo is my favorite out of the collection. Partly because it is food-related, but partly because *I* can relate to it. In my mind, if the prices were changed, this could be a rural grocery store in Somewhere, America. Why are these photos, this post, relevant to Chef Herman’s adventures? Because… part of my blog’s mission is to educate about our food and where it comes from. So many people are disconnected from the source of our food. I feel that looking back at these photos shows an America where more people had more input into the food system, and indeed, local foods were the norm, not a new movement.

Let me know what you think, both of this photo or the entire collection!


Comments on: "The Great Depression – Color Photos" (3)

  1. NicHole said:

    these are just exquisite. I can’t believe they’re from the depression! It really puts you back in time with them being in color. I feel like Dorothy seeing color for the first time!

  2. TeddyRose said:

    One thing I noticed is the size of people. Trim, healthy looking people, unlike the overweight society we have become. Too much food, too much time on our hands and not enough physical activity.

    • Stephanie said:

      I agree Teddy. People back then worked, were always on the move, and didn’t sit around watching television. I wonder if we could ever get our society back to some of those values?

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