Monday, April 13, 2015

Oklahoma Dust Bowl

Today's picture shows a dust storm in Boise City, Oklahoma. The picture was taken in 1936. What a dry hopeless scene this is.


  1. Coming as it did in the middle of the Depression, things were as hopeless for folks living here as it looks. Nobody had money to pay their mortgages, so banks were foreclosing left and right. Of course, nobody had money to buy the empty buildings, either, so many places fell into ruin. Quite often, the original owners would break back into their homes and stay on as squatters. At that point, the banks would turn a blind eye, as they figured it was better to have somebody living there than to let a place go to pieces.

  2. My ex-husband was born at home in a small OK town the year after this picture was taken. His parents were married in 1936 in a smaller OK town. I knew the family was poor, but this picture gives me a new understanding of what that meant. He never talked about the Depression or the dust bowl, nor did his mother, so I didn't have much of an idea of what it meant to them. The picture gives me some idea.


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