These 14 Houses In Iowa From The 1930s And 40s Will Open Your Eyes To A Different Time

It’s hard to imagine what life was like in Iowa just a few generations ago. That’s why these rare photographs, released by Yale University and the Library of Congress, are so valuable. We’ve compiled a variety of images of housing from the Depression era of the 1930s-40s. What you’ll see is a mix of old farm houses, homeless shelters, and shacks made of any scrap materials. These powerful shots were a part of a collection put together by order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Policies to capture folks in the midst of economic struggle. Have a look:

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These vintage photos really make us appreciate all the modern conveniences we are so fortunate to enjoy today. Have any Depression-era stories from your own family? Better yet, have any photos? We’d love to see them – feel free to share them with us!