Thursday, September 10, 2015

Migrant Mother and Child

Today's picture shows a Migrant Mother and Child. The picture was taken in 1939. By this time people must have wondered if the Great Depression was ever going to end. The picture was taken in Harlingen, Texas.


  1. The onset of WW II might have been the impetus for ending the deep depression by providing jobs in factories, raw materials procurement and several additional job generators. Relief did not com e in a flash but more like a car accelerating from a dead stop to about 70 MPH.

    I hope we are not entering another financial period like the pression.

  2. I wonder if our depression will ever end. It seems to be getting worse.

    1. Joe, there are plenty of jobs available, and unemployment is lower now than it has been since the end of the Bush administration. Our schools are so busy "teaching to the test" that the kids aren't learning anything. Employers are crying for qualified people - not necessarily college educated, just able to read and put together a simple tool without having to *think* "righty-tighty, lefty-loosey".

  3. Lady Anne is right -- at least, in our area. There are "help wanted" signs everywhere for entry level jobs, and even though the energy sector is in a bit of a rough patch, there still are opportunities: especially in tech, engineering, and construction. The complaint I hear, over and over, is that applicants' skill levels are continuing decline. When I graduated from high school in 1964, I was better educated than many (many!) college graduates today. Colleges and universities should worry less about inclusiveness, diversity, and how not to offend, and more about their role: education.

    Apart from all that, it's a touching and poignant photo. While great, societal tides rise and fall, it's always the people who wash up on the shore.

  4. F.D.R. ended the depression with his "New Deal" policies. One of the best things he did was to break-up large corporations that had monopolized huge sectors of the economy. At the time it was important that diversification within the economy was fostered. It is known that that most of the economy had grown to controlled by very few large corporations.