What Life was like during the Great Depression.

A quick look at the everyday hardships people endured in the 1930's.   Left -> Some had to sell their cars a a last resort for cash, so they traveled by following the tracks.

Carl Mydans, 1938, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Soup Kitchens, Hospitals, Rome, Margaret Bourke-White, 1944, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Soup Kitchens served hundreds each day.
White Angel Breadline, San Francisco, Dorothea Lange, 1933, From the collection of: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Another look at people gathering to be served at community kitchens.
Shantytown In Chungking, Jack Wilkes, 1945-12, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
many lived in "shanty towns" which were crudely built shacks for homeless to live in outside the city limits.
Shantytown In Chungking, Jack Wilkes, 1945-12, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Another "shanty town" around the city limits.
Horace Bristol, 1938, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Farmers could not afford to live on their land after the dust bowl began. So they train hopped to anywhere they could wind up.
Texas Dust Bowl, Michael Rougier, 1949-01, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
When the dust bowl hit, many farmers could not farm their land due to massive drought.
Michael Rougier, 1949, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Dust and sand destroyed farmable land and already planted crops.
Dust Storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, Arthur Rothstein, 1936, From the collection of: Spencer Museum of Art
The dust storms ruined homes and tore apart homesteads from outside an inside.
Texas Dust Bowl, Michael Rougier, 1949-01, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Dust flooded inside homes from doors to windows to small openings in the infrastructure.
Joe Scherschel, 1957, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Another look at whats left of a ruined homestead.
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