Children playing cards in a front yard near Union Station. Washington, D.C.
Medicine show. Huntingdon, Tennesssee.
Testing meals at the Department of Agriculture. Beltsville, Md.
A mother watching her children as she prepared the evening meal. Frederick Douglas Housing Project, Anacostia, Washiongton, D.C.
An historic archive of 1930s and 40s uniquely American images has emerged at the New York Public Library recently. Created by Roy Stryker, founder of the Farm Security Administration’s photography project, the images had been forgotten until recently unearthed and digitized for the public’s benefit.
Some of the images are striking in their bold narrative, and appear like visual chapter titles to the essence of our deepest sense of selves.