I have re-worked this depression era photo in the attempt to give it a “Dust Bowl” feeling that was so pervasive during the drought that worsened matters of that time.

“18-year old mother from Oklahoma now a California migrant. (Circa March 1937)”

The drought that helped cripple agriculture in the Great Depression was the worst in the climatological history of the country. By 1934 it had dessicated the Great Plains, from North Dakota to Texas, from the Mississippi River Valley to the Rockies. Vast dust storms swept the region.

Great Depression
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the decade preceding World War II. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations, but in most countries it started in about 1929 and lasted until the late 1930s or early 1940s. It was the longest, most widespread, and deepest depression of the 20th century, and is used in the 21st century as an example of how far the world’s economy can decline. The depression originated in the U.S., starting with the stock market crash of October 29, 1929 (known as Black Tuesday), but quickly spread to almost every country in the world.

The Great Depression had devastating effects in virtually every country, rich and poor. Personal income, tax revenue, profits and prices dropped, and international trade plunged by ½ to ⅔. Unemployment in the U.S. rose to 25%, and in some countries rose as high as 33%. Cities all around the world were hit hard, especially those dependent on heavy industry. Construction was virtually halted in many countries. Farming and rural areas suffered as crop prices fell by approximately 60%. Facing plummeting demand with few alternate sources of jobs, areas dependent on primary sector industries such as cash cropping, mining and logging suffered the most.

Countries started to recover by the mid-1930s, but in many countries the negative effects of the Great Depression lasted until the start of World War II.

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Public Domain Images:
(Picture from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.)

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Comments

  • coppertrees
    coppertreesabout 4 years ago

    Great Job on this

  • THANK YOU KINDLY DEAR VICKIE….;)

    – Tammera

  • frankula
    frankulaabout 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this Tammera…..should make a lot of people grateful for what they have today.This is hardship at it`s lowest ……Excellent Work.
    Regards
    Frank

  • SO VERY TRUE ….
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR WARM COMMENT FRANK…;)

    – Tammera

  • Terrie Taylor
    Terrie Taylorabout 4 years ago

    You have done a wonderful job, excellent treatment.

  • THANK YOU VERY KINDLY TERRIE….;)

    – Tammera

  • Zi-O
    Zi-Oabout 4 years ago

    This makes me think of the Grapes of Wrath—-excellent!

  • THANK YOU EVER SO…THAT WAS SUCH A GREAT MOVIE AND WAS IN MY HEAD ALSO AS I DID THIS PIECE…:)

    – Tammera

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    it was a very sd time for so many !~!LIZ

  • YES IT WAS…
    THANK YOU LIZ..:)

    – Tammera

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful creation Tammera!!! I think you have achieved what you were aiming for. Well done!!!!

  • AWWW…THANK YOU DEAR GRETA….;)

    – Tammera

  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandabout 4 years ago

    This is very cool…. and it isn’t too far from my own ancestry. . . I have a restored photo of family members sitting in front of the cotton field they all worked in. They had migrated from Arkansas during this time and stopped to work Arizona before finally settling in California.
    The oldest is still alive and can tell some stories you wouldn’t believe. I went the other direction with my photo & restored it from an old torn up photo…


    Thompson Family 1930s
    by restlessd

  • WOW…HOW COOL IS THAT…;)
    FAMILY HISTORY IS SO IMPORTANT …
    SO HAPPY FOR YOU THAT YOU HAVE THIS PIECE OF YOUR HISTORY…:)
    GREAT PHOTO..:)

    – Tammera

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarabout 4 years ago

  • FEATURED!!
    THANK YOU EVER SO KINDLY FOR THIS HONOR OF A FEATURE IN THE GROUP…:)

    – Tammera

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 4 years ago

    The original image shows the hardship and frustration of this young mother, and you have added to the feeling with your dust-bowl effect.

  • THANK YOU DEAR FRANNIE…
    I AM SO HAPPY THAT THE EFFECT HAS COME ACROSS WELL…:)

    – Tammera

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...about 4 years ago

    YOU HAVE DONE YOUR WORK WITH GREATNESS, HARD TIME IS NOT THE WORH I WANT…NO WORDS CAN EXPRESS WHAT I WANT TO SAY. KEEP IT GOING TAMMERA, BLESSINGS..

  • THANK YOU DEAR NORMA JEAN…:)

    – Tammera

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