This Is What North Carolina Looked Like In The Late 1930s And Early 1940s. WOW
A photograph captures a moment in time. Moments that have passed and moments that otherwise we’d have no access to. Luckily,
Yale documents released pictures from across America that highlight life during and after the Great Depression. During this time, North Carolina’s prime source of income was in tobacco farming and agriculture. But, the workers still took time to kick back when they weren’t working. All of this simple life, from the farming, the rehabilitation clients of the Great Depression, and their leisure time was all captured and is now available for the world to see.
The pictures below are simply fascinating. Enjoy.
1. A cotton field in Crabtree.
This picture was captured in March of 1938. It was not uncommon for children to work side-by-side with adults during this time.
2. A new start.
A family stands on their new porch near Raleigh in 1938.
3. Young workers.
Two grandchildren of a sharecropper stand on the tobacco sleds. This picture was captured in July of 1939 in Wake County.
4. A day in the life.
The oldest daughter of L.A Johnson picks cotton in a field. L.A was a sharecropper who worked about 10 acres, received half the cotton, and had to pay for supplies like fertilizer. This picture was captured in Statesville in 1939.
5. Mountain tunes.
Young children play music for an audience in Asheville in 1937.
6. A musical trio.
Jeeter Gentry, Elmer Thompson and Fiddlin' Bill Hensley sit around and play classic bluegrass in Asheville in 1937.
7. "Crime Museum."
This traveling sideshow was a "Crime Museum" that consisted of dilapidated displays of infamous criminals. The whole show was run by a shellshocked World War Veteran near Silver Lake. The image was captured in 1941.
8. Stop right there.
A traffic cop is caught on camera in 1938 Greensboro.
9. Simple farmer.
A rehabilitation client stares off into the distance as he is photographed outside of Greensboro in 1938.
10. A family outing.
A farm family in Washington sits in the car after a day in town.
11. A man and his hens.
A rehabilitation client poses for a picture outside of his home in Beaufort in 1938.
12. "We fight our country's battles on the land and on the sea."
Marines are captured on camera training with new amphibian tractors in New River in 1942.
13. Marine Barracks.
Marine Corps submachine gunners. The mask and deadly Johnson submarine were part of the kit fighting tools of this leatherneck in training. Captured in New River in 1942.
14. Make a sale.
A salesman displays patent medicines to farmers who have brought tobacco to a warehouse. Captured in Mebane in 1939.
15. Studying the roads.
A Florida migratory worker studies a roadmap of North Carolina before leaving Elizabeth City and heading to Bridgeville, Delaware, to work at a cannery.
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