Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Poor Family


Today's picture was taken in 1938 in Central Ohio. it shows a desperately poor man and his child. notice how the exterior of his home is covered by cardboard to serve as a wind break and some modest level of insulation. When I was growing up in the 60's people were still living in houses like this. The little town I grew up in had a Barrio, and it was filled with this sort of scene. 

16 comments:

  1. those kind oh houses are very comom in poor areas in brzil (im a brazilian new admirer of your blog)
    i get admired of how spite of the condititions we adapted to survive.
    please take a look at my pictures.
    10x for the pictures you post, they are very high quality.

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  2. AT least the baby looks relatively clean and happy. A real tribute to the man and/or his wife. The Public Works Administration (PWA) provided some work for these people, but it was only a subsistance level of income.

    PJM, I hope you will show how the Depression was overcome in America. I may warrant another week of study, though.

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  3. I guess I'm hard hearted, but why are people that have to live like that bring children into this world to live in that kind of squalor.

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  4. I only hope we are not headed back to those days.

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  5. One of the small towns I grew up in as a child was right down the road from an Indian Reservation. There where many homes that where like tha still in the 60's in that area. Very sad very poor. I pray we never come to that again. Though we have many in this counrty still living in sub standard conditions. Some none of there making. Life happens as we are making plans. Great photos!

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  6. if everyone quit having kids everytime something happens none of us would be here were you not born during hard times roger??

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  7. Roger, your a good man and you have great commentary but I have to respond to your latest post. People have babies no matter the conditions. It's called being a human being. So many great people through time were born into dirt poor familes. What if they deceided to not have children because they were poor? Example... My grandmother and grandfather were depression era dirt poor as well. They had my Dad who grew up to be a decorated Marine Korean war vet. He went on to be an engineer, and leader of the community. There must of been a thousand people at his wake when he died. The line to get into the church went all the way down the street. His parents were extremly poor when he was born. I wouldn't be here, my sons and daughter wouldn't be here. Look at the big picture. Without you the world would not exist. You can't stop life. Moses was the son of slaves how poor were they? Abe Lincolns Mom and Dad were probably pretty poor too. Poor kids grow up to do great things.
    Dave107

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  8. Hey, I've been following for a while and just wanted to say that I really appreciate these pictures on the Great Depression- I looked at them all in one night haha. They really help me get perspective on my life and stop focusing on myself so much. Thanks!

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  9. Roger, folks in the 30s didn't have money for doctors or contraceptives. My own granddaddy didn't have money for insulin. Diabetes was newly diagnosed and Granddaddy's insulin was bought by teenage sons -- when they could find work. And in Iowa in that era, that wasn't too often and these boys weren't lazy. And BTY, Granddad and Grandmother had 7 children. Later, my own folks had nine children. My Folks didn't have ration coupons for sugar or tires . . . and, for sure, no coupons for contraceptives during WW II. Bet had there been, my mother would have been first in line. Dad was working 2 or 3 jobs in the 30s and during WWII.

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  10. I just wanted to say that I'm glad you've added this 'thumbs up' functionality. Will avoid me from making comments like these in the future. Great photo!

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  11. I am from a developing country where the main source of livelihood is agriculture. The farmhands here earn only as much as 3 US DOLLARS every 8 hours of backbreaking work come rain or under the hot sun, and its very difficult to describe the living conditions that they were having...I think many of my countrymen are forever suffering from economic depression.

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  14. I am increasingly coming to the conclusion that if richer lives the one person, then the other one person lives is poorer. It's the one of the major laws of the society. People, wich bathed in luxury, look through at whose expense you live. Whose lives you do your life. Is this kid does not deserve to be happy?
    Excuse me my badly English.

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  15. You think Recession has hit you hard? Remember the Great Depression and don't take anything for granted. We're all millionaires comparing to those folks back then.

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  16. I grew up in Missouri in the 1960's and tar paper houses (shacks) were not uncommon.

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