Thursday, October 21, 2010

Soup Lines

No, it was not a picture embargo yesterday. I got up and my internet connection was not working, and had to get off to work. Sometime during the day, it started working again. So, we are back online and posting pictures. This picture shows a soup line in New York. The picture was taken in 1910. You don't see soup lines much these days, as they have been replaced by food stamps. I have read that the number of people on food stamps has exploded to an all time record. It is just not as visual as people standing in line waiting for a meal.


  1. You may be fairly well self sufficient, but you couldn't live without your internet.

    A couple of things about that photo. First, it seems to be fairly cold there, and second there are only men in the photo, no women or children. Did they have to stay home and go hungry or were the men allowed to take food to them?

  2. This photo reminds us of what's happening in this country today.

    Although my dad says it's still not as bad as the Great Depression.

  3. I, too, have always thought the same thing with those soup line photos. Where are the women? At home where the men told them to sit and stay, most likely. Man rules - woman obeys.

    What a terrible time for women those years were.

  4. It would be interesting to find a photo of the religious charities at the time, particularly the Catholics, who administered aid to mostly women and children in the form of food and clothing. Maybe that's where the women are while the men are trying to get something to eat while they're out looking for work.

  5. I think the economy had problems during Theodore Roosevelt's administration -- at one point he asked JP Morgan to intervene -- but I am surprised to see a soup kitchen line in 1910. Perhaps they once were fairly routine in cities?

  6. PJM,

    I think you've got it wrong.

    It's not soup they were standing in line for, it was the "EXTRA BEER!"

  7. I was under the impression that the men stood in the lines to get something to eat so they could look for work. Sometimes a bowl of soup had to last the entire day. The women and children ate at home with whatever was there. Also it was an embarrassment to not be able to provide for your family and take charity.

    What a shame we have no shame now.

  8. Over 40 million people are on foodstamps in the US nowadays.

    USA USA USA, we are number one, we are number...wait, sh*t