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3: Food During the Great Depression

4: "Three dollars a day. I got damn sick of creeping for my dinner--and not getting it. I got a wife and kids. We got to eat. Three dollars a day, and it comes every day."

5: The main focus of the advertisement is the can of Del Monte Peaches. There are different ways to serve the peaches pictured on the advertisement. There are a number of different phrases on the advertisement. They are all just to promote the deliciousness of the product. This image was more than likely made to advertise the sales of Del Monte Peaches. The description of this image says it was made in 1929. I think the audience for this image was pretty much made for every family. I am really curious as to why they serve peaches in salad. I have never heard about this before so I wonder if it was really popular to eat peaches this way back then. | 1929 Del Monte Peaches. 1929. AdClassix. http://www.adclassix.com/ads2/29delmontepeaches.htm

6: The first thing that captures my attention is the barrel of food in the middle of the page. The barrel is filled with produce. The next thing that I really notice is the phrase “help us preserve your surplusFOOD”. This image looks as if it was made to warn people that there was a shortage of food. Since many farmers were being forced from their land (and not all of that land continued to be farmed) crops were dwindling. I am curious if there was an actual food shortage, or if it was just an event that experts predicted was going to happen. | Tasker, William. Helps us preserve your surplusfood. . 1941. Philadelphia, Pa : WPA War Services Project. http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?wpapos:1:./temp/~ammem_NLt0::

7: "How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children? You can't scare him--he has known a fear beyond every other."

8: There is what looks to be a slightly older man in overalls scavenging for food in what appears to be a dump. There is also a sense of embarrassment in the photo in general. There is a lot of trash and junk surrounding him. He has apples in his hands and has sack like bags with him. I think this photograph was taken to show how desperate people were getting during this time period. This man is looking for food at the dump, probably because he does not have any other way of feeding his family. I think that people who were living during this time period had to have been very humble. I know that I would have to put aside my pride in order to go looking for food at the dump. But if it means the difference between your family either being fed or starving, I think we all know what we would do. | Vachon, John. Foraging Food in the City Dump, Dubuque Iowa. 1940. http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?fsaall:12:./temp/~ammem_DMyt::

9: The tenant men looked up alarmed. But what'll happen to us? How'll we eat?

11: Housing During the Great Depression

12: Houses were shut tight, and cloth wedged around doors and windows, but the dust came in so thinly that it could not be seen in the air, and it settled like pollen on the chairs and tables, on the dishes.

13: I notice a dirt road winding back into a line of trees. There is a house sitting by the bend of the road that looks to be unoccupied. There are no belongings or animals or anything scattered about other than debris. Everything in this photograph looks exceedingly dry and dead almost. Like there is no life within miles of this abandoned house. I think this picture was taken to portray what a house looked like once its occupants were forced to leave. The house looks lonely and lifeless. Many families were forced off of their lands during this time period. This scene or something similar to it would have been a very common occurrence during this time in American history. I find it strange and unsettling that there are no signs of life anywhere in this photograph. | Colier, John. Deserted farmhouse in the Savory Mountains in Massachusetts. 1941. http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query

14: When I look at the picture the first thing I see is a lady holding a sweeper. She is standing in the center of the stairs. Around the picture of the lady there are mini pictures of how to use the sweeper and what it does. In this photo it shows how light the sweeper is to pick up and carry. So it wouldn’t be so hard to sweep the stairs of your house. On the right side of this advertisement it tells about the sweeper and about the Hoover Company. If this image was made today it would be exactly the same set up but with color. But the price of the sweeper would probably be more expensive then it was back then. When I look at this photo I can learn about what the price of the sweeper was back during the great depression and the ways they used it. It would also be used the same way today by how it has the tool to use to either sweep curtains or anything else off the ground, and also lay back so you could get under things better. | 50s times. Web. 19 Jan. 2012. http://my50syear.blogspot.com/

15: In the little houses the tenant people sifted their belongings and the belongings of their fathers and of their grandfathers.

17: Transportation During the Great Depression

18: It looks as if the person in the photo is moving to somewhere better due to the dust destroying their fields. It shows how the dust created problems for this individual and making the person in the photograph travel to another city or town and try a new working environment. The photo shows the devastating damage done to the fields and crops as a result of the dust storms. | "Library of Congress." . N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan 2012. .

19: A huge red transport truck stood in front of the little roadside restaurant. IT was a new truck, shining red, and in twelve-inch letters on its sides-OKLAHOMA CITY TRANSPORT COMPANY.

20: In the 19th Century, trains were the dominant way of traveling long distances and wagons and horses were good for short trips. In the 20th Century, automobiles and trucks became the most dominant mode of transportation. So, when the Depression hit, people with little money found new ways of getting around. "Hitching a ride" in a car or truck gained in popularity. Riding the rails was an established practice, but it was dangerous and illegal. Hitchhiking was legal and slightly safer, even if it was more uncertain. In later years, hitching developed into an entire subculture.

21: It seems that the letter is expressing how people used a way of transportation during the great depression. This letter explains what people did in order to go where they needed to or how they got around. The picture along with the letter shows how some families and people were traveling at the time when they needed to. The letter also explains the new ways of transportation during the depression. | Ganzel, Bill. "Farming in the !930's." Hitchhiking during the Great Depression . Ganzel Group, 2003. Web. 10 Jan 2012. . | "Cars lined up, noses forward, rusty noses, flat tires. Parked close together. Cars lined up, Model T’s, high and snotty, creaking wheel, worn bands. Buicks, Nashes, De Sotos.”

22: I first notice the picture of the car on the front of the advertisement. I also notice the seal of Pope Automobiles on the front. It is arranged in the format sort of a newspaper article. It seems that the physical setting is trying to sell the model of the car to people. You see many words but it seems that the ones that you really notice is “Model 69 with Top, $1,325” and “Pope=Waverley Electrics”. Some of the details that you can see are the seals of the company's brand and the description of the product. I think this image was made to get the word out to many individuals that a newer and much innovative automobile was being produced. What appears to be happening in the image is that the company is trying to sell their product to many people. The audience for this image would be the citizens and people of the cities and countries where the product is being introduced at. I believe that the company that created this advertisement was seeking increase in their sales and to boost their marketing.

23: "Model 69 with top $1,325(A0026)." Duke University Libraries. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan 2012. . | Flags, red and white, white and blue-all along the curb. Used Cars. Good Used Cars. Today’s bargain- up on the platform

25: Clothing During the Great Depression

26: The man's clothes were new- all of them, cheap and new. The coat was too big, the trousers too short, for he was a tall man. The coat shoulder peaks hung down on his arms, and even then the sleeves were too short and the front of the coat flapped loosely over his stomach.

27: I believe this advertisement was made in Seattle in 1931. When I look at the advertisement for clothes, the first thing that pops out at me is a women looking like she is walking with a Fur coat on. She is placed on the left hand side of the page with the company name, Artic Fur Co., at the top. In the middle of the page to the left there is a mini paragraph about how the coats were popular and put in many different newspapers in the country, and how amazing they are. Toward the left at the bottom of the page are the different types of fur coats and their prices. What first pops out at me in this image is a woman in a fur coat because it is a big photo of her. If this image was made today it would be about the same except there would be color and maybe the wording would be put differently on the page, and the paragraph about the coats being popular would be worded differently. But it would all be the same like the picture of the woman, the different type of coats and the prices. I believe that the audience for this advertisement is for women. They would want to know about all the different types of fur coats and their prices.

29: Work and Tools During the Great Depression

30: I think that this song was probably made up by men who had spent time in jail. In jail they often had to work breaking rocks. This is what this song is mainly about. Men often made up songs in order to help pass the time. It talks about “beating the rock pile” and “working on the railroad” and “the heavy ball and chain”. One thing that I found interesting was the type of grammar that is shown here. It really demonstrates the dialect of the time. The person singing this song wanted to go farther south on the “southbound train”. I am interested to know what this particular person did to get arrested. | Monroe, "Rooster", perf. 1939. Film. .

31: I'm a-standin' on de rock pile wid de heavy ball an' chain I'm a beatin' on de rock pile wid de hammer in my hand If I hadn't been shackled down, I'd a-caught the southbound train I'm a workin' on de railroad wid a heavy ball an' chain If I hadn't been shackled down I'd a caught a Georgia mule. | "Been doing a job?" "Sure have," said the hitch-hiker. "Though so. I seen your hands. Been swingin' a pick or an ax or a sledge. That shines up your hands. I notice all stuff like that. Take a pride in it."

32: Only the tractor sheds of corrugated iron, silver and gleaming, were alive; and they were alive with metal and gasoline and oil, the dicks of the plows shining.

33: When you first look at this photo the first thing that pops out is a man sitting down with a box. He has a sign posted beside him saying “Help the unemployed. 5 cents per apple.” If I were to compare this cartoon to a real picture there would be some differences. First off there would be color, and also the buildings behind it would be more noticeable. It would be the full buildings then just a few drawn on windows. This cartoon is about an elderly man who has no job. Since he is unemployed he is sitting on the streets with a box of apples and a sign. It is the only way he knew he would be able to make some money. | "Google Images." Google. Web. 22 Jan. 2012. .

35: Politics During the Great Depression

36: "The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it."

37: I see cursive handwriting that takes up a full notebook page. The page itself looks to be very old. It is discolored and has ripped edges. I can read most of the text but some of it is extremely difficult to figure out what it is trying to say. This letter is telling about how people in this time period did not really care about politics. They would cast their vote for the party that gave them the most money. They did not actually listen to the candidates or care about what they had to say. As long as they got a pretty penny out of them they would vote for them. This letter gives a couple specific examples of people who they knew that did that. The one particular person that this letter talks about was able to go half a year without working during the last election because of all the money he got from both parties. | Guthrie, Woody. "Vote for Bloat." September 20. (1940): n. page. Print. .

39: Music During the Great Depression

40: I think this song reflects on how the tenant farmers felt about the taking of their property. I think this song shows the anger and emotional outburst that the families contained. The song lyrics above describe how the tenant farmers got ready for the people with tractors to come and how the tenant farmers took steps in preparing for it. I think this song also represents the tenant farmers’ strength and confidence in believing that they can beat the tractor people. | “Pilgrim’s Progress, used to read it. Got my father’s name in it.”

41: Roll out the pickets We'll have a barrel of fun Roll out the pickets Keep up the fight till we've won. Associated Farmers Will very soon see the light. Come and roll out the barrel For we're on strike tonight. | Roll out the pickets Call all the pickers in We're not down-hearted 'Cause we are going to win Nothing can stop us We won't hear of defeat. We'll show the big growers That we can't be beat. | "Roll Out the Pickets-Song Lyrics." Great Depression and World War 2. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan 2012. .

42: Dear Alan Just thought I'd write you a few more lines tonight on as many different subjects as I can get down in one line. Mainly about a few thoughts that I been thinking about making up songs and stuff like that. A little dog just got run over down below in the streets a taxi hit him. I could make up a song about how it sounded to hear the little dog yelping to the little boy a watching out of the third floor window across the street. I had a big dog once and all of the kids played with him and liked him and he would go and get their base ball when they knocked it too far or he would run in their football games and stand around with his eyes shot over and his ears stuck about half way up and his tongue running in and otu of his mouth, his head cocked over sideways like and watching the kids shoot marbles. But an old neighbor lady with something haywire in her head went and poisend the dog and it killed him and the kids all had a big funeral for old pooch they called him and they dug him a nice grave and painted his name on a flat rock and it was a plumb heartbreaking affair. You could write a song about that and it would contain enough of all of the high and low feelings to put it over if the blame was properly placed on the old lady that poisoned the pooch. I think one mistake some folks make in trying to write songs that will interest folks is to try to cover too much territory or to make it too much of a sermon. A folk song ought to be pretty well satisfied just to tell the facts and let it go at that. .

43: It seems as the writer is trying to come up with new songs that include everyday things such as a dog or a taxi perhaps. This writer takes things likes dogs and trys to use them in songs and then begins to talk about a dog that him and his friends had when they were kids. He then begins to talk about the death of the dog and what had happened. The writer also talks about how those kind of songs would have enough high and low feelings put into a song. | And this picture –an angel. I looked at that before the fust three come-didn’t seem to do much good. Think we could get this china dog in? Aunt Sadie brought it from the St. Louis Fair. See? Wrote right on it. No, I guess not. Here’s a letter my brother wrote the day before he died. “

44: This picture seems to represent the concept of the Great Depression. It shows how people lost their jobs and went hungry. The picture shows you that many were looking for work wherever they could just by seeing the newspaper in the man’s hand. You can also see the people living in little shacks and people fighting about the new work that is being provided for some. You can also tell the difference of the homes they lived in by looking at the better city part at the top and the little poor places by the bottom with the shacks. | "Paradise lost: Ding Darling." Digital Collections. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Jan 2012. .

45: “Ma threw some sticks into the stove. I’ll get you a bite now, but it ain’t much.”

47: People During the Great Depression

48: In this photo there are people sitting on benches in a long line. It seems like it’s in a park somewhere during winter. When I look at this photo I see that it might symbol a bunch of retired men trying to get a job. The words that are in this photo talk about how the people may look alright. The audience of this cartoon is that the audience is suppose see that all the men sitting on the bench are waiting for a job. They here there is a job recovery going on and they all need jobs. But to the look of it, they would need many opening because there are a whole bunch of men. If I were to guess what the cartoonists opinion on this was that they heard there was a job recovery and they all needed jobs so they went and sat in line on the benches at the park. When the cartoonist made this cartoon they wanted to persuade the audience to notice how it was back in the day during the great depression on how men that found out about a job sat and would wait for a long time, even when it would be freezing outside. | Sharp, Adam. "Political Cartoons from the Great Depression." Bearish Market News | By Adam Sharp. Web. 16 Jan. 2012. http://www.bearishnews.com/post/2580

49: The people in the flight from the terror behind-strange things happened to them, some bitterly cruel and some so beautiful that the faith is retired forever.

50: The people on top of the load did look back. They saw the house and the barn and a little smoke still rising from the chimney.

51: When I look at this poster of people during the great depression the first thing that pops out to me is the wording and the man in the picture above it. There are two different photos of people on this poster. One is of a group of people standing outside a building, and in the second one is of a man leaning up against a wall looking down toward the ground. The wording on this poster says “the great depression, brother can you spare a dime?” If this poster was made today it would be about the same. There would be the coloring in it and also the same pictures. But the difference in it would be that the timing of it being made would be different.

52: Some of the owner men were a little proud to be slaves to such cold and explain.

53: This image is from 1938. When I first look at this picture the first thing I see is an older man holding a baby. He is standing in the center of the picture. Around him there are the walls of his house made of cardboard, also a wire fencing in the background. The man’s hair looks like it is falling out and him and the baby look like they are very hot from the sun. I think they made this photo to show how rough ties can be during the great depression especially with young children. When this man is standing there with his baby it looks like he is looking out at what is going on in the world and he isn’t very cheerful over it. If this image was made today it would be exactly the same set up but with color and also the walls would be fully done and not made of cardboard. Plus the clothes that they are wearing probably wouldn’t be made at this time. | "January 2011." Old Picture of the Day. Web. 16 Jan. 2012.

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