Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Depression era photos from your hometown —

Depression era photos from your hometown —
High Country News is always a treat, one of the best publications out there.  Hat tip to HCN for this pointer:

Depression era photos from your hometown


Between 1935 and 1944, a group of photographers fanned out to document life across America. The initiative was a public relations move to bolster support for programs under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's contentious Farm Security Administration, which sought to help those hardest hit by the Great Depression. When it was over, some 175,000 photographs were transferred to the Library of Congress and eventually placed online, but they remained hard for the wider public to access.

Now, a team from Yale University has made it much easier to explore the photos snapped by legends like Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and Arthur Rothstein, using an interactive web-based map and archive called Photogrammar. The map allows you to view images county-by-county, some of which appear here. "Nobody has seen them all," says Laura Wexler, an American Studies professor at Yale and co-director the project. The photographers who headed West featured plenty of farmers and ranchers. But they also documented female factory workers in Washington, a man stacking magnesium bullion in Nevada, and a New Mexico woman cradling a wall of chili peppers. In every image, says Wexler, there's a story to be told.

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."

Friends Fall Book Sale -- always a great bargain, with something for everyone.

The Friends of the Salem Public Library will hold their Fall Book Sale, October 16-19 at a special off-site location this year:

1555 12th Street SE.
The site is next to Fitts Seafood and offers free parking

Hours and special features include:

4-8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 16
Friends Night–Members only
Memberships available at the door

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday, October 17 & Saturday, October 18

1-5 p.m.
Sunday, October 19
$4 Bag Day!

Cash and checks only will be accepted for purchases.

A wide variety of materials will be available for sale. Prices are: hardback books at $1.25 each; teen and paperback books at 75 cents each; children’s books at 50 cents each; and audio-visual items at 50 cents-$1 each. Specialty and collectible books will also be available for sale at individual prices.

The Fall Book Sale is sponsored by Trader Joe’s and Roth’s.
More information is available at www.salemfriends.org, SPLFriends@peak.org, or 503-362-1755.