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The Last Year of The Great Depression

1939 was the last year of The Great Depression.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1939
At the end of the 1920s, the United States boasted the largest economy in the world. With the destruction wrought by World War I, Europeans struggled while Americans flourished. Upon succeeding to the Presidency, Herbert Hoover predicted that the United States would soon see the day when poverty was eliminated. Then, in a moment of triumph, the stock market crash of 1929 touched off a chain of events that plunged the United States into the longest, deepest economic crisis of its history.

The Great Depression (1929-39) was the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the USA and the western industrialized world. It began after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. Over the next several years, consumer spending and investment dropped, causing steep declines in industrial output and employment as failing companies laid off workers. By 1933, when the Great Depression reached its lowest point, some 15 million Americans were unemployed and nearly half the country’s banks had failed.

The depression is best understood as the final chapter of the breakdown of the worldwide economic order. As the depression deepened, governments tried to protect their reserves of gold by keeping interest rates high and credit tight for too long. This had a devastating impact on credit, spending, and prices, and an ordinary business slump became a calamity. What ultimately ended the depression was World War II. Military spending and mobilization reduced the U.S. unemployment rate to 1.9 percent by 1943.

It is too simplistic to view the stock market crash as the single cause of the Great Depression:

- The gold standard. Most money was paper, but governments were obligated, if requested, to redeem that paper for gold. This "convertibility" put an upper limit on the volume of paper currency governments could print. A loss of gold (or convertible currencies) forced governments to raise interest rates.

- The best-known economists Milton Friedman and Anna Schwartz, blame the Federal Reserve for permitting two-fifths of the nation's banks to fail between 1929 and 1933. Since deposits were not insured then, the bank failures wiped out savings and shrank the money supply. From 1929 to 1933 the money supply dropped by one-third, choking off credit and making it impossible for many individuals and businesses to spend or invest.

- Economist Charles Kindleberger sees depression as a global event caused by a lack of world economic leadership. According to Kindleberger, Britain provided leadership before World War I. It fostered global trade by keeping its markets open, promoted expansion by making overseas investments, and prevented financial crises with emergency loans. Between WWI and WWII wars no country did enough to halt banking crises, and the entire industrial world adopted protectionist measures in attempts to curtail imports. In 1930, President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley tariff, raising tariffs on dutiable items by 52 percent. The protectionism put an extra brake on world trade just when countries should have been promoting it.
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A train pulling out of the freight house at C & NW RR's Proviso(?) yard, Chicago, Ill.

A train pulling out of the freight house at C & NW RR's Proviso(?) yar...

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Switch boxes on the firewalls of B-25 bombers are assembled by women workers at North American [Aviation, Inc.]'s Inglewood, Calif., plant

Switch boxes on the firewalls of B-25 bombers are assembled by women w...

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Loading coal into a lake freighter at the Pennsylvania Railroad docks, Sandusky, Ohio

Loading coal into a lake freighter at the Pennsylvania Railroad docks,...

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Santa Fe R.R. line going to Albuquerque, New Mexico, past the Isleta Indian reservation, Isleta, N[ew] Mex[ico]

Santa Fe R.R. line going to Albuquerque, New Mexico, past the Isleta I...

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Sugar cane workers resting, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

Sugar cane workers resting, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

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Loading a freighter with coal at one of the three coal docks owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad, Sandusky, Ohio

Loading a freighter with coal at one of the three coal docks owned by ...

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Homesteader feeding his daughter at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair free barbeque

Homesteader feeding his daughter at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair free...

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War production workers at the Heil Company making gasoline trailer tanks for the U.S. Army Air Corps, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Elizabeth Little, age 30, the mother of two children, spraying small parts. Her husband runs a farm

War production workers at the Heil Company making gasoline trailer tan...

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Part of the cowling for one of the motors for a B-25 bomber is assembled in the engine department of North American [Aviation, Inc.]'s Inglewood, Calif., plant

Part of the cowling for one of the motors for a B-25 bomber is assembl...

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Grain elevators along the route of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad, Amarillo, Texas. Santa Fe trip

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Grace was said before the barbeque was served at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair

Grace was said before the barbeque was served at the Pie Town, New Mex...

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General view of one of the classification yards of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, Chicago, Ill.

General view of one of the classification yards of the Chicago and Nor...

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Santa Fe RR freight train about to leave for the West Coast from Corwith yard, Chicago, Ill., Santa Fe R.R. trip

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General view of part of the South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago, Ill.

General view of part of the South Water Street freight depot of the Il...

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Apparatus used at the laboratory at the C & NW RR's 40th Street yards for analysing solutions of metals used in locomotives and the railroad plant, in general, Chicago, Ill.

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General view of part of the South Water street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago, Ill. A C and O R.R. caboose. the C and O is one of the railroads that lease terminal facilities from the I.C.R.R

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World's Fair. Tower of Chemistry, DuPont Building

World's Fair. Tower of Chemistry, DuPont Building

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A east bound Union Pacific railroad freight train waiting in a siding, Alray, Calif. Coming up through Cajon Pass. The Santa Fe tracks are used by the Union Pacific as far east as Daggett, Calif. Santa Fe R.R. trip

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Railroad cars loaded with sulphur, Freeport Sulphur Co., Hoskins Mound, Texas

Railroad cars loaded with sulphur, Freeport Sulphur Co., Hoskins Mound...

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Loading coal into a lake freighter at the Pennsylvania Railroad docks, Sandusky, Ohio

Loading coal into a lake freighter at the Pennsylvania Railroad docks,...

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A Chicago and Northwestern railroad roundhouse, Chicago, Ill.

A Chicago and Northwestern railroad roundhouse, Chicago, Ill.

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A noontime rest for a full-fledged assembly worker at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company

A noontime rest for a full-fledged assembly worker at the Long Beach, ...

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General view of part of the South Water street Illinois Central Railroad freight terminal, Chicago, Ill.

General view of part of the South Water street Illinois Central Railro...

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One of the cuts through the mountains, near Cajon, Calif., Cajon Pass, Calif.

One of the cuts through the mountains, near Cajon, Calif., Cajon Pass,...

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C & NW RR, railroad worker cultivating the small Victory garden in the Proviso yard, Chicago, Ill.

C & NW RR, railroad worker cultivating the small Victory garden in the...

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A train bringing copper ore out of the mine, Ducktown, Tenn. Fumes from smelting copper for sulfuric acid have destroyed all vegetation and eroded the land

A train bringing copper ore out of the mine, Ducktown, Tenn. Fumes fro...

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Melrose Park (near Chicago), Ill, C&NWRR. William London has been a railroad worker 25 years - now working at the roundhouse at the Proviso yards

Melrose Park (near Chicago), Ill, C&NWRR. William London has been a ra...

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Mrs. Bill Stagg with state quilt that she made, Pie Town, New Mexico. A community settled by about 200 migrant Texas and Oklahoma farmers who filed homestead claims ... Mrs. Stagg helps her husband in the field with plowing planting, weeding corn and harvesting beans. She quilts while she rests during the noon hour.

Mrs. Bill Stagg with state quilt that she made, Pie Town, New Mexico. ...

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C & NW RR, railroad workers cultivating a little Victory garden at Proviso yard, Chicago, Ill.

C & NW RR, railroad workers cultivating a little Victory garden at Pro...

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Worker inspecting a locomotive on a pit in the roundhouse at the C & NW RR's Proviso yard, Chicago, Ill.

Worker inspecting a locomotive on a pit in the roundhouse at the C & N...

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Working inside the nose of a PBY, Elmer J. Pace is learning the construction of Navy planes, Corpus Christi, Texas. As an NYA trainee at the Naval Air Base, he gets practical experience. After about eight weeks, he will go into civil service as a sheet metal worker

Working inside the nose of a PBY, Elmer J. Pace is learning the constr...

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Living quarters and "juke joint" for migratory workers, a slack season; Belle Glade, Fla.

Living quarters and "juke joint" for migratory workers, a slack season...

Photograph shows man standing to left with gun. Signs advertise Ice Cold Jax Ale Beer Stout and Ice Cold Coca Cola.

Houses which have been condemned by the Board of Health, but are still occupied by Negro Migratory workers, Belle Glade, Fla.

Houses which have been condemned by the Board of Health, but are still...

Photograph shows sign advertising 666 Colds Fevers and Sweet Scotch Snuff.

War production worker at the Vilter [Manufacturing] Company making M5 and M7 guns for the U.S. Army, Milwaukee, Wis. Ex-housewife, age 49, now doing bench work on small gun parts. Son [is] Second L[ieutenan]t, Son-in-law, Capt[ain] in Army

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Migratory laborers outside of a "juke joint" during a slack season, Belle Glade, Fla.

Migratory laborers outside of a "juke joint" during a slack season, Be...

Photograph shows man standing at left with a gun. Signs advertise Ice Cold Jax Ale Beer Stout, Royal Crown Cola, and Ice Cold Coca-Cola.

Workers on the Liberator Bombers, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., [Fort Worth, Texas]

Workers on the Liberator Bombers, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., [Fort W...

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World's Fair. Theme Center and statue of George Washington, viewed from Court of Peace

World's Fair. Theme Center and statue of George Washington, viewed fro...

The New York World's Fair was a large international exposition held in New York City, United States in 1939-1940. The 1939-1940 World's Fair was themed "The World of Tomorrow" and featured pavilions and exhibit... More

Freight Depot of the U.S. Army consolidating station, Chicago, Ill.

Freight Depot of the U.S. Army consolidating station, Chicago, Ill.

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Nearly exhausted sulphur vat from which railroad cars are loaded, Freeport Sulphur Co., Hoskins Mound, Texas

Nearly exhausted sulphur vat from which railroad cars are loaded, Free...

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Landscape along the Santa Fe R.R., Willard, N[ew] Mex[ico]

Landscape along the Santa Fe R.R., Willard, N[ew] Mex[ico]

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C & NW RR, working on a locomotive at the 40th Street railroad shops, Chicago, Ill.

C & NW RR, working on a locomotive at the 40th Street railroad shops, ...

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Sugar cane workers, vicinity of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

Sugar cane workers, vicinity of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

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Cleaning an engine near the roundhouse, C. M. St. P. & P. R.R., Bensenville, Ill.

Cleaning an engine near the roundhouse, C. M. St. P. & P. R.R., Bensen...

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A freight train stopping for coal and water at a siding enroute to Gallup, New Mexico, near Laguna, N.M.

A freight train stopping for coal and water at a siding enroute to Gal...

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Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight with a personal vengeance, Corpus Christi, Texas. Mrs. Virginia Young (right) whose husband was one of the first casualties of World War II, is a supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department of the Naval Air Base. Her job is to find convenient and comfortable living quarters for women workers from out of the state, like Ethel Mann, who operates an electric drill

Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight with...

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In the roundhouse at a yard of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad, Chicago, Ill.

In the roundhouse at a yard of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad, ...

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War production workers at the Vilter [Manufacturing] Company making M5 and M7 guns for the U.S. Army, Milwaukee, Wis. Ex-stage orchestra musician, checking an M7 gun with gage, after turning out on a gun lathe. Her two brothers and husband are in the service

War production workers at the Vilter [Manufacturing] Company making M5...

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Freight cars at the South Water Street Illinois Central Railroad terminal, Chicago, Ill.

Freight cars at the South Water Street Illinois Central Railroad termi...

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General view of one of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad yards, Chicago, Ill.

General view of one of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad yards, Ch...

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Pennsylvania R.R. ore docks, a "Hulett" unloader in operation, Cleveland, Ohio

Pennsylvania R.R. ore docks, a "Hulett" unloader in operation, Clevela...

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General view of part of the South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago, Ill.

General view of part of the South Water Street freight depot of the Il...

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Freight train going up Cajon Pass through the San Bernardino Mountains, Cajon, Calif.

Freight train going up Cajon Pass through the San Bernardino Mountains...

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World's Fair. Arctic Girl's tomb of ice I

World's Fair. Arctic Girl's tomb of ice I

The New York World's Fair was a large international exposition held in New York City, United States in 1939-1940. The 1939-1940 World's Fair was themed "The World of Tomorrow" and featured pavilions and exhibit... More

War production workers at the Heil Company making gasoline trailer tanks for the U.S. Army Air Corps., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mrs. Angeline Kwint, age 45, an ex-housewife, checking the tires of trailers. Her husband and son are in the U.S. Army

War production workers at the Heil Company making gasoline trailer tan...

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Santa Fe R.R. train stopping for coal and water, Laguna, N[ew] Mex[ico]

Santa Fe R.R. train stopping for coal and water, Laguna, N[ew] Mex[ico...

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Serving up the barbeque at the Pie Town, New Mexico, Fair

Serving up the barbeque at the Pie Town, New Mexico, Fair

Photo shows in background from right to left: a 1938 Chevrolet, a 1938 Pontiac, and a 1940 Ford. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

Yardmaster in railroad yards, Amarillo Texas

Yardmaster in railroad yards, Amarillo Texas

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Worker at carbon black plant, Sunray, Texas

Worker at carbon black plant, Sunray, Texas

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Santa Fe R.R. train, Melrose, N[ew] Mex[ico]

Santa Fe R.R. train, Melrose, N[ew] Mex[ico]

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A train bringing copper ore out of the mine, Ducktown, Tenn. Fumes from smelting copper for sulfuric acid have destroyed all vegetation and eroded the land

A train bringing copper ore out of the mine, Ducktown, Tenn. Fumes fro...

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Men in front of outdoor fire, Pie Town Fair, New Mexico

Men in front of outdoor fire, Pie Town Fair, New Mexico

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Train pulling out of the freight house at C & NW RR's Proviso Yard, Chicago, Ill.

Train pulling out of the freight house at C & NW RR's Proviso Yard, Ch...

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John L. Walter, conductor at Proviso yard of the C&NWRR. Mr. Walter has been employed on the railroad for 45 years, 32 of them as conductor. The red nose and cheeks are due to the below zero weather outside. Chicago, Ill.

John L. Walter, conductor at Proviso yard of the C&NWRR. Mr. Walter ha...

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[Car in front of Shulman's Market on N at Union St. S.W., Washington, D.C.

[Car in front of Shulman's Market on N at Union St. S.W., Washington, ...

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Trucks unloading at the inbound freight house of the Illinois Central Railroad, South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago, Ill.

Trucks unloading at the inbound freight house of the Illinois Central ...

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General view of one of the yards of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad, Chicago, Ill.

General view of one of the yards of the Chicago and Northwestern railr...

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Chicago and Northwestern railroad locomotive shops, Chicago, Ill.

Chicago and Northwestern railroad locomotive shops, Chicago, Ill.

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People at the Fair, Pie Town, New Mexico

People at the Fair, Pie Town, New Mexico

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Santa Fe R.R. going through Yucca, Arizona; a watering and refueling stop

Santa Fe R.R. going through Yucca, Arizona; a watering and refueling s...

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General view of yard and some of the locomotive shop of the C & NW RR at 40th Street. On the tracks on the right are three streamliners, crack trains, Chicago, Ill.

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Tying a ribbon on a calf's tail was one of the feature attractions at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair rodeo

Tying a ribbon on a calf's tail was one of the feature attractions at ...

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Loading oranges into refrigerator car at a co-op orange packing plant

Loading oranges into refrigerator car at a co-op orange packing plant

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Passing a section house along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad, Encino vicinity, New Mexico

Passing a section house along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railr...

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General view of the hump, Chicago and Northwestern railroad classification yard, Chicago, Ill.

General view of the hump, Chicago and Northwestern railroad classifica...

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Delta County Fair, Colorado

Delta County Fair, Colorado

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General view of part of the south Water street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago, Ill. A C and O R.R. caboose. the C and O is one of the railroads that lease terminal facilities from the I.C.R.R

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Freight cars being maneuvered in a Chicago and Northwestern railroad yard, Chicago, Ill.

Freight cars being maneuvered in a Chicago and Northwestern railroad y...

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Loading oranges into a refrigerator car at a co-op orange packing plant, Redlands, Calif. Santa Fe R.R. trip

Loading oranges into a refrigerator car at a co-op orange packing plan...

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Rice and papaya in the lunch of a sugar worker on a plantation, vicinity of Guanica, Puerto Rico?

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Sugar cane worker in the rich field, vicinity of Guanica, Puerto Rico

Sugar cane worker in the rich field, vicinity of Guanica, Puerto Rico

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Lunchtime brings a few minutes of rest for these women workers of the assembly line at Douglas Aircraft Company's plant, Long Beach, Calif. Sand bags for protection against air raid form the background. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber, and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo

Lunchtime brings a few minutes of rest for these women workers of the ...

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Nearly exhausted sulphur vat from which railroad cars are loaded, Freeport Sulphur Co., Hoskins Mound, Texas

Nearly exhausted sulphur vat from which railroad cars are loaded, Free...

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View of the Utah Copper Company open-pit mine workings at Carr Fork, as seen from the railroad, Bingham Canyon, Utah

View of the Utah Copper Company open-pit mine workings at Carr Fork, a...

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[Shulman's Market at the southeast corner of N Street and Union Street S.W., Washington, D.C., with a 1931 Chevrolet car parked in front]

[Shulman's Market at the southeast corner of N Street and Union Street...

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Loading coal into a lake freighter at the Pennsylvania Railroad docks, Sandusky, Ohio

Loading coal into a lake freighter at the Pennsylvania Railroad docks,...

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Loading a lake freighter with coal at the Pennsylvania R.R. coal docks, for shipment to other Great Lake ports, Sandusky, Ohio

Loading a lake freighter with coal at the Pennsylvania R.R. coal docks...

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General view of part of the South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago, Ill.

General view of part of the South Water Street freight depot of the Il...

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World's Fair. Singing Tower of Light at night

World's Fair. Singing Tower of Light at night

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The freight house at a Chicago and Northwestern Railroad yard. In the foreground are old cars used as living quarters for some yard workers and itinerant help; Chicago, Ill.

The freight house at a Chicago and Northwestern Railroad yard. In the ...

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John Paulinski, car inspector, blue flagging a train for inspection, at Corwith yard, Santa Fe RR trip, Chicago, Ill.

John Paulinski, car inspector, blue flagging a train for inspection, a...

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Formerly an aircraft dock, this huge building -- thought to be the largest in the world with no interior supports -- is now the scene of many busy shops turning out aircraft sub-assembly parts, Goodyear Aircraft Corp., Akron, Ohio. Either new housing close to the plant or vastly improved public transportation will eventually have to be supplied, for the tires on the cars of the workers, and perhaps even the cars themselves, will in many instances give in before the end of the present emergency

Formerly an aircraft dock, this huge building -- thought to be the lar...

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Cattle in corral waiting to be weighed before being trailed to railroad, Beaverhead County, Montana

Cattle in corral waiting to be weighed before being trailed to railroa...

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East bound track of the Santa Fe R.R. across desert country near South Chaves, N[ew] Mex[ico]

East bound track of the Santa Fe R.R. across desert country near South...

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Santa Fe R.R. freight train about to leave for the West Coast from Corwith yard, Chicago, Ill.

Santa Fe R.R. freight train about to leave for the West Coast from Cor...

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Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in their rest room, C. & N.W. R.R., Clinton, Iowa

Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in the...

Photograph shows Marcella Hart at left, Mrs. Elibia Siematter at right.

Delta County Fair, Colorado

Delta County Fair, Colorado

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Getting ready to serve the barbeque dinner at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair

Getting ready to serve the barbeque dinner at the Pie Town, New Mexico...

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Women wipers of the Chicago and North Western Railroad cleaning one of the giant "H" class locomotives, Clinton, Iowa. Mrs. Marcella Hart and Mrs. Viola Sievers

Women wipers of the Chicago and North Western Railroad cleaning one of...

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Night view of part of the South Water street freight terminal of the Illinois Central R.R., Chicago, Ill.

Night view of part of the South Water street freight terminal of the I...

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Team pulling a car out of the mud; the roads near Pie Town, New Mexico are not improved

Team pulling a car out of the mud; the roads near Pie Town, New Mexico...

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