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21 Rare Photos Taken In Missouri During The Great Depression

The Great Depression began in the United States soon after the stock market crash in October 1929. This sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. For the U.S., it lasted through the entire 1930’s and was the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world. For some countries, it took even longer to recover. Some of the hardest hit economically were the working poor such as farm workers, miners, loggers, and factory workers. Unemployment rose to as high as 25% in the U.S. and as high as 33% in other countries. Cities dependent on industry such as St. Louis and Kansas City were hit hard, and construction basically stopped completely. Here are some rare photos gathered by the Photogrammar, a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing over 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945. The site was created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).

Do you have any family stories about Missouri during this time?  Were you there?  What picture is most interesting to you. Share in the comments below.

Stephanie Butler
A native Midwesterner with a love for family, friends, and learning new things. In second-stage of career life, this former college instructor enjoys contributing to OIYS, blogging, reading, and spending time with her kids.