Great Depression Pictures

This collection of pictures of the Great Depression offers a glimpse into the lives of those that suffered through it. Included in this collection are pictures of the dust storms that ruined crops, leaving many farmers unable to keep their land. Also included are pictures of migrant workers - people who had lost their jobs or their farms and traveled in the hopes of finding some work. Life was not easy during the 1930s, as you will easily see through these pictures of the Great Depression.

1
Women and Children

The most famous picture of the Great Depression - a mother of seven children by Dorthea Lange.
Farm Security Administration: Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. (Circa February 1936). Picture from the FDR, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • A Mother of Seven Children
  • Two Children, One on Crutches
  • Girl Making Supper
  • Two Children Sitting
  • Wife and Children of a Sharecropper
  • The Family of a Coal Miner: A Woman and Her Three Children
  • Young Penniless Oklahoma Mother
  • 18-Year-Old Mother
  • A School in Alabama
  • Woman Washing Clothes

2
Dust Storms

View of a dust storm in Baca County, Colorado during the Great Depression.
Dust Storms: "Kodak view of a dust storm Baca Co., Colorado, Easter Sunday 1935"; Photo by N.R. Stone (Circa April 1935). Picture from the FDR Library, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • Man Standing in a Dust Storm
  • Dust Storm in South Dakota
  • Dust Storm in Oklahoma
  • Dust Storm in Colorado

3
Farms for Sale

A farm for sale sign during the Great Depression.
Farm foreclosure sale. (Circa 1933). Picture from the FDR Library, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • Farm Foreclosure Sale
  • Farm Foreclosure Sale
  • Farm Foreclosure Sale
  • Farm Foreclosure Sale in Iowa

4
Relocating: On the Road

Okies Driving to California during the Great Depression.
Farm Security Administration: migrants. (Circa 1935). Picture from FDR Library, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • "Okies" Driving to California
  • Families on the Road With Their Possessions
  • Family Leaving South Dakota for the West
  • Migrants Sitting in Their Car

5
Migrant Workers

Migrant worker on California highway during the Great Depression.
Farm Security Administration: Migrant worker on California highway. (Circa 1935). Picture from FDR Library, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • Covered Wagon in a Migratory Carrot Pullers' Camp
  • Migrant Family Living in a Tent
  • Migrant Worker on a California Highway

6
Life During the Depression

A man eating Christmas dinner with his children in Iowa during the Great Depression.
Farm Security Administration: Christmas dinner in the home of Earl Pauley near Smithland, Iowa. (Circa 1935). Picture from the FDR Library, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • Christmas Dinner
  • Homeless Family on Road
  • Family Walking 30 Miles to Visit Relatives
  • Girl Making Supper
  • Man Washing His Hands in a Bowl
  • Man and His Horse
  • Family Making Baskets
  • Group of Women Making a Quilt
  • Two Men Standing Outside a Fruit Shop
  • Black Family Standing
  • Slaughtered Pig for Hog Reduction Program
  • Squatter Sitting in Her Shack

7
Unemployed

Unemployed men standing in the streets, unable to find jobs during the Great Depression.
Farm Security Administration: Everywhere the unemployed stood in the streets, unable to find jobs and wondering how they could feed their families. (Circa 1935). Picture from the FDR Library, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • Group of Men Outside an Employment Agency
  • Unemployed Man Standing in the Street
  • Unemployed Workers Marching in New Jersey
  • Group of People Outside a Bank

8
Breadlines and Soup Kitchens

An unemployed man eating soup at a soup kitchen during the Great Depression.
Farm Security Administration - Works Progress Administration: Unemployed men eating in Volunteers of America Soup Kitchen in Washington, D.C. (Circa June 1936). Picture from the FDR Library, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • Men Standing in a Breadline
  • Man Eating in a Soup Kitchen
  • Line of Unemployed Men at a Soup Kitchen
  • Breadline in New York City

9
Civilian Conservation Corps

Members of the Civilian Conservatin Corp (CCC) planting during the Great Depression.
Civilian Conservation Corps. (Circa 1933). Picture from the FDR Library, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • Civilian Conservation Corps Clearing Land
  • Civilian Conservation Corps Planting
  • Civilian Conservation Corps at an Experimental Farm
  • Civilian Conservation Corps Working With Bricks
  • Civilian Conservation Corps Fighting a Fire
  • Civilian Conservation Corps Planting