A new tool called Photogrammar created by a Yale University team allows users to search pictures of Great Depression and World War II-era photos using an interactive map. Is there anything comparable in Canada to view what our town looked like 80 years ago?
The photos are from a collection created during the 1930s and 40s when the US federal government hired photographers to document the impact of the Depression on rural America and to help build public support for the New Deal’s farm programs and other policies.The new Photogrammar tool draws upon this photo collection, which is housed by the Library of Congress, and allows users to search for photos based on location, making it easy for people to see what their hometowns looked like eighty years ago. With a decade’s worth of photos totaling 175,000 images, this collection produced some of the most iconic images of the Great Depression and helped define the field of documentary photography.
Photos collected by the Farm Security Administration, like this 1935 image of an Alabama cotton farmer by famed photographer Walker Evans, helped shape the public’s views of poverty during the Great Depression and galvanize public support for New Deal programs. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection)