The US Great Depression spanned roughly from 1929-1945. During this time, fortunes were lost, agricultural disaster led to westward movement, public works projects were launched, the character of the nation was forever changed. This time also saw the dawn of the hobo, riding freight trains throughout the US, a custom that still exists today. Though it was a time of economic unrest, production of artwork was unimpeded. Some used their artwork as a form of photojournalism to document their impression of the times, some were commissioned by the government to paint colorful murals inside public and civic buildings, others continued to paint expressionist artwork influenced by this time in history. This gallery attempts to convey the contrast between these colorful works, and the bleak, black and white photography, and how they all have a common thread that they are vibrant images, in that even if they are not loud and energetic with heavy use of color, they are powerful in that they document a time in history when many folks were in despair.