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25 Rare Photos Taken In Maine During The Great Depression

The stock market crash of October 1929 brought on one of the hardest times in America’s history. The Great Depression, which took place during the years 1929-1939, caused as many as 15 million Americans to be unemployed. During this difficult time in history, the New Deal was put into place by President Roosevelt. An important part of this reform was the Farm Security Administration, which worked to alleviate poverty among some of the most rural areas in America.

Maine was largely held intact by this element of the New Deal. And it helped the potato farming industry hugely. In these recently released photographs we see how rural Maine made it through the Great Depression.  It’s nice to see that despite the hardships, between the poor, rural homes and hard work, some smiles can be seen.

Do you have any family stories about getting through these times in rural Maine? We’d love to hear them!

Michelle
Michelle has lived in many places, but counts Maine as one of the best. In addition to the smell of ocean water in the air on rainy days in Portland, she loves puppies, photography, funny people, the Maine Red Claws, traveling, fresh tomatoes, Cambodia and filling out forms. For questions, comments and inquiries please email: mstarin@onlyinyourstate.com.