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Depression Collection

Background imageDepression Collection: Charles Baudelaire, French poet, essayist, translator

Charles Baudelaire, French poet, essayist, translator
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, essayist, art critic, and translator of Edgar Allan Poe

Background imageDepression Collection: One Million German Mark banknote - 1923

One Million German Mark banknote - 1923 - testament to the hyperinflation experienced by the Weimar Republic in the early 1920s. Date: 1923

Background imageDepression Collection: Sea wall and esplanade, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland

Sea wall and esplanade, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. A memorial stone forms part of the wall, dated 1922-1923. The sea wall

Background imageDepression Collection: New York City Depression

New York City Depression
A scene in New York during the depression following the Wall Street Crash in 1929. Essential supplies are handed out to a line of impoverished citzens

Background imageDepression Collection: Engraved title page

Engraved title page. From: The anatomy of melancholy. Date: 1632

Background imageDepression Collection: Rooftop Golf

Rooftop Golf
Hotels in New York (Hotel Ogden in this photo) built golf courses, and even held tournaments, to keep the businessmans mind off the Depression

Background imageDepression Collection: Tenantry Column, Alnwick, Northumberland

Tenantry Column, Alnwick, Northumberland - a monument erected in 1816 by the tenants of Hugh Percy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland in thanks for his reduction of their rents during the post-Napoleonic

Background imageDepression Collection: Graham Greene, English writer, in old age

Graham Greene, English writer, in old age
Graham Greene (Henry Graham Greene, 1904-1991), English author, playwright and literary critic, best known for his novels focusing around Roman Catholicism and morality: Brighton Rock

Background imageDepression Collection: A new law gave the tenant a right to a third of his freehold

A new law gave the tenant a right to a third of his freehold, seven years rent; twenty-one years rent being the average value of a freehold in Ireland

Background imageDepression Collection: Vintage 19th century photograph: Bala town and lake, Wales

Vintage 19th century photograph: Bala town and lake, Wales

Background imageDepression Collection: Vintage 19th century photograph - view of the town of Thun in Switzerland

Vintage 19th century photograph - view of the town of Thun in Switzerland

Background imageDepression Collection: Vintage late 19th century photograph - Laurebrunnen and the Staubbach Waterfall

Vintage late 19th century photograph - Laurebrunnen and the Staubbach Waterfall, Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Background imageDepression Collection: View from Hotel Washington Lugano Switzerland / Italy border

View from Hotel Washington Lugano Switzerland / Italy border
Vintage 19th century photograph: View from the Hotel Washington in Lugano town, looking over the lake shore, Switzerland Italy border

Background imageDepression Collection: Process at British Needle Mills, Redditch, Worcestershire

Process at British Needle Mills, Redditch, Worcestershire
Process at the British Needle Mills, Redditch, Worcestershire -- three images showing how the threading hole is stamped into the needles. Date: 1843

Background imageDepression Collection: Mounted police and unemployed demonstrators, London

Mounted police and unemployed demonstrators, London
Charge of mounted police on unemployed demonstrators near Bow Street Magistrates Court, London, October 1931. 1931

Background imageDepression Collection: Keystone K-78 Patrician - NX7962

Keystone K-78 Patrician - NX7962
Keystone K-78 Patrician NX7962. The Patrician was a 21 seat tri-motor airliner. Only one K78 and two K-78D Patricians were built, production plans falling prey to the Great Depression

Background imageDepression Collection: Wall Street Afternoon. New York City. Date: 1857

Wall Street Afternoon. New York City. Date: 1857

Background imageDepression Collection: Unemployed Lancashire manufacturers 1932

Unemployed Lancashire manufacturers 1932
Group of unemployed men and women haunting gateways of mills, factories and pits looking for work. A typical street scene in a Lancashire manufacturers town during the period of trade depression

Background imageDepression Collection: Lactart (Milk Acid) - relieves fevers, headache etc

Lactart (Milk Acid) - relieves fevers, headache etc
Lactart (Milk Acid) - relieves fevers, headache, wakefulness, nervous depression and urinary troubles. Produced by Avery Lactate Co. of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Date: circa 1900s

Background imageDepression Collection: Great Depression (USA) cartoon

Great Depression (USA) cartoon
Great Depression cartoon. We re on our ass. Here we are together ON OUR ASS. If this depression don t improve, We ll all be forced TO DIGEST GRASS ! Date: 1930s

Background imageDepression Collection: Woman tramp sitting at side of road

Woman tramp sitting at side of road
A female tramp, her skin tanned by the outdoor life, sits by the road, her bag of possessions at her side. Although her body is well wrapped in overcoat and hat, her feet are in open sandals

Background imageDepression Collection: A Classic English Summers Day on the beach

A Classic English Summers Day on the beach! The rain is pouring, it is freezing cold and even the dog appears to not be relishing his daily stroll

Background imageDepression Collection: Itinerant family on the road

Itinerant family on the road
An itinerant family - two parents and six children, plus a pram - who, for reasons unknown, are on the road. With little or no money they might have to spend each night in a workhouse casual ward

Background imageDepression Collection: Advert for Harness electropathic corset belts 1887

Advert for Harness electropathic corset belts 1887
Advert for Harness electropathic corset belts no taking poisonous drugs, for ladies and gentlemen, claims to cure a variety of ailments from nevous affections, depression, sleeplessness

Background imageDepression Collection: Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. United States

Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. United States
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945). 32th President of the United States. Bronze statue. Detail. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Washington D.C. United States

Background imageDepression Collection: Advert for Dr Carter Moffats electric body belt 1891

Advert for Dr Carter Moffats electric body belt 1891
Dr Carter Moffats electric body belt, magneto-electric battery Co. 1891

Background imageDepression Collection: Queen Mary Ocean Liner, suspended

Queen Mary Ocean Liner, suspended
R.M.S. Queen Mary at the John Brown shipyard, December 1931. Work on the ship, then known as Cunard No. 534, had been suspended on 13th December 1931 as Cunard had run out of funds

Background imageDepression Collection: Queen Mary Ocean Liner, 6 months of activity

Queen Mary Ocean Liner, 6 months of activity
Six months of ceaseless activity. The Queen Mary, then known as Hull Number 534, had been halted between 1931 and 1934 due to the Great Depression of the 1930s

Background imageDepression Collection: Queen Mary Ocean Liner, supplying her 1000 needs

Queen Mary Ocean Liner, supplying her 1000 needs
The Queen Mary, then known as Hull Number 534, had been halted between 1931 and 1934 due to the Great Depression of the 1930s

Background imageDepression Collection: Queen Mary Ocean Liner, work resumed

Queen Mary Ocean Liner, work resumed
John Brown & Company in Clydebank in Scotland, begin the major task of constructing Queen Mary Ocean Liner then know as Hull Number 534, which began in December 1930 on the River Clyde

Background imageDepression Collection: Queen Mary Ocean Liner crisis stops work

Queen Mary Ocean Liner crisis stops work
Tragedy comes to Clydeside. On 10th December 1931, almost exactly a year after signing of the contract for the construction of Hull Number 534, know as Queen Mary Ocean Liner

Background imageDepression Collection: Departure of Irish emigrants

Departure of Irish emigrants
Poverty-stricken Irish folk waiting on the railway platform for a train to take them to the port for embarkation to America or elsewhere

Background imageDepression Collection: Advert for Sanatogen tonic 1919

Advert for Sanatogen tonic 1919
Nerves won the War. To recuperate the exhaused shattered nerves, and so fit yourself to make a fresh start in civilian life and work. Date: 1919

Background imageDepression Collection: Memorial stone, sea wall, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland

Memorial stone, sea wall, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland
Memorial stone forming part of the sea wall at Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, dated 1922-1923. The sea wall and esplanade were constructed by the Corporation of Kirkcaldy during a period of trade

Background imageDepression Collection: The Loneliness of Penury - Pierrot upset having gone bust

The Loneliness of Penury - Pierrot upset having gone bust
The Loneliness of Penury - Pierrot upset and woeful having gone bust and been abandoned by society Date: 1911

Background imageDepression Collection: Part of an impoverished family of nine on a New Mexico highw

Part of an impoverished family of nine on a New Mexico highway. Depression refugees from Iowa. Left Iowa in 1932 because of fathers ill health

Background imageDepression Collection: The only home of a depression-routed family of nine from Iow

The only home of a depression-routed family of nine from Iowa. Date 1936 Aug

Background imageDepression Collection: Going into the Garden to Eat Worms

Going into the Garden to Eat Worms
An expression of utmost displeasure and disappointment - a little chick completely fed up states: " Nobody loves me - I m going into the garden to eat worms." Date: 1918

Background imageDepression Collection: Bonus Army fought with tear-gas

Bonus Army fought with tear-gas
During the Great Depression US World War One veterans, popularly called the Bonus Army, marched on Washington in the summer of 1932 demanding immediate payment of their Service Certificates which

Background imageDepression Collection: Paper sorting, Salvation Army Elevator

Paper sorting, Salvation Army Elevator
Men sorting paper at one of the Salvation Army Elevators. The Elevators provided the destitute with both short-term work and hostel-style accommodation

Background imageDepression Collection: Transformation from young tramp to soldier

Transformation from young tramp to soldier
Before-and-after pictures of a young vagrant transformed into an army cadet over a three-month period with the help of former Oxford Liberal MP Frank Gray

Background imageDepression Collection: London County Council Night Office, Charing Cross Bridge

London County Council Night Office, Charing Cross Bridge
Applicants waiting outside the London County Councils Night Office at Charing Cross Bridge, Central London. The Office had telephone links to the citys casual wards, as well as to the Salvation Army

Background imageDepression Collection: Female tramp asleep on steps, London

Female tramp asleep on steps, London
A female tramp sleeps on steps somewhere in Central London, where many of the citys homeless made their beds under bridges and railway arches. Date: circa 1930

Background imageDepression Collection: Beggar couple with child in pram

Beggar couple with child in pram
A beggar couple with a child in a pram. The pram has no tyres

Background imageDepression Collection: German poster encouraging soldiers to leave Berlin

German poster encouraging soldiers to leave Berlin. In Berlin there is little to eat, and no work. Elsewhere there is plenty of food, and work

Background imageDepression Collection: Further Outlook Stormy by Chole Preston

Further Outlook Stormy by Chole Preston
A deep depression is advancing slowly across the British Isles

Background imageDepression Collection: Irish Peasants attacking an Eviction Party, Ireland, 1887

Irish Peasants attacking an Eviction Party, Ireland, 1887
Engraving showing several poor Irish farmers preparing to attack an eviction party with boulders, Ireland, 1887. Absentee landlords evicted tenant farmers who could not pay their rent during

Background imageDepression Collection: Dollar in Trouble / 1933

Dollar in Trouble / 1933
Americas false optimism at the time of the depression - not noticing the leak in the dollar balloon blue skies ahead are promised



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