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This Is What Oklahoma Looked Like In 1939. Wow.

It’s hard to imagine what life was like in Oklahoma in 1939. We know times were tough and as the Great Depression was ending, families were still struggling for work, food and everyday necessities. The city life was better for some, but most everyone struggled in some form. Russell Lee, a photographer during this era, captured over 900 photos of Oklahoma in 1939. Here is a portion of his 1939 collection that can be found at the Library of Congress:

Note: The original captions of each photo are included.

If you lived in Oklahoma during this period, please share with us what town you lived in and what life was like. Please comment in the section below.

Ashley
Ashley has lived in Oklahoma for 25 years and is the Oklahoma staff writer for onlyinyourstate.com