Check out These Compelling Depression-Era Photos of the Lower East Side and Little Italy [PHOTOS]
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A northward view from the East River Drive
In the mid-1930s, the Federal government dispatched photographers across the country to document Depression-era America. The resulting output ultimately became the “Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information collection,” currently under the auspices of the Library of Congress.
Yale University took the archive and mapped it for convenience on a proprietary site called Photogrammar. The tool allows you to browse by location and keyword search. Spend some time with it; there are more than 170,000 shots in the collection.
We sifted through the Photogrammar for Lower East Side-related subject matter, and discovered some candid gems. These are all dated to 1937-1942.
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