This Is What Life In Oregon Looked Like In 1939. WOW.

Maybe you’ve heard┬ástories about what Oregon was like in the early 20th century,┬ábut have you ever wanted to see it for yourself? We recently came across an incredible collection of rare photographs from the 1930s and 40s that were archived and made public by Yale University. To put together this article I decided to focus on one single year in Oregon’s history, 1939, and to collect some of my favorite images that illustrate what day-to-day life used to look like.

These amazing photos, taken in 1939 by Dorothea Lange, offer us a glimpse into the past to help us imagine how different (and in some ways, how similar) life in Oregon used to be.

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Overall, a lot has changed since 1939. Do you recognize the places in these photographs? Share your thoughts in the comments.