Yale Places 170,000 Photographs From 1935 to 1945 Online

Yale University had posted online 170,000 Library of Congress photographs taken in the United States from 1935 to 1945. The photos come from all over the U.S., and can be accessed with this easy-to-use interactive map. They also used the original captions allowing the viewer to get an honest feel for the time period.

No guarantees but you might find one of your ancestors in this series of photographs. You can start at http://photogrammar.yale.edu/map.


The above photograph is from Caribou, Maine in 1940.


Just a quick look at the photos from Fulton Co. (Atlanta) revealed photos of several of the employees at my family’s downtown department store leaving work in 1939. I can’t wait to see what else I can find. Thanks, Dick!

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Thanks for the link. I have not found any ancestors (yet) but the pictures of people living in houseboats on the Kanawha River in Charleston, West Virginia do bring back memories. When I started elementary school there in 1938, some of my classmates lived in those boats (we called them “shanty-boats”) in extreme poverty with little in the way of clothes and very inadequate nourishment. My mother helped start a school free lunch program in an effort to improve their life a bit. The boats all were removed in the early 1940’s during the city’s renovation and beautification of at the riverfront.

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