typical American family, September 1940

This is of of a series of rare colour photographs taken in the 1930's and 40's by photographer Russell Lee (1903-1986) who was sponsered by the U.S. government.




Jack Whinery and his family, homesteaders, Pie Town, New Mexico


Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection






LOC Flickr has more from this series! Really marvelous photos from the 40's:




The outside of this home can be seen in another flickr photo:



  • courtney_gripling27 5y

    They're living in one of them "Hoovervilles", right? If I'm not mistaken such slums sprang up during the Depression days.
  • Evan Bench PRO 5y

    this particular home is was in a rural area outside Pie Town, New Mexico. Here's a photo of the outside of the home pictured above:

    Garden adjacent to the dugout home of Jack Whinery, homesteader, Pie Town, New Mexico  (LOC) by The Library of Congress

    As you can see, it's a low-profile log cabin (very typical). The inside of this home is insulated with cardboard boxes. The low profile design helped insulate the home in both winter and summer (since seasons are essentialy reversed 20 feet below ground).
  • Evan Bench PRO 5y

    you can find the original location of this house using google earth/maps
  • courtney_gripling27 5y

    Evan Bench Whoops, my mistake, although I do know that there were some people who lived in the slum areas that I mentioned. The fact that they used cardboard boxes as makeshift walls for their cabin made me mistakenly think that they're in a hooverville or something.
  • Chip 2y

    Priceless ..............
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