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!
- Library of Congress Photos Put a New Face on the Great Depression (dailyfinance.com)
- The Great Depression Looks A Lot More Familiar In Color Photos Than It Does In Black And White (businessinsider.com)