Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pie Town

Of the tens of thousands of photographs of the Great Depression in the collection of the Library of Congress, only 1,616 are in color.

These were taken in Pie Town, New Mexico by Russell Lee in October, 1940, as the Great Depression had been grinding along for a decade. Pie Town was a community of 200 migrant farm families who relocated there from Texas and Oklahoma and staked claims as homesteaders.

At the top, friends gathered for the New Mexico Fair, and above, bowed their heads and said grace before a free barbeque meal.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Norris, homesteaders, posed for Russell Lee, who was dispatched by the Farm Services Administration to make a photographic record of life in the United States during the Depression years.

The filling station in Pie Town, above. Below, Mrs. Bill Stagg and the states quilt she made. The caption to the picture reads in part "...she helps her husband in the fields plowing, planting, weeding corn and harvesting beans. She quilts during the noon hour."

1 comment:

Tracy said...

Wonderful photos... the expressions on their faces... Happy Day, Golden West ((HUGS))