Saturday, August 7, 2010

Then and Now

While foraging on the web for info on tech "guru" Esther Dyson (of all things), my wanderings led to this collection of color photographs from the Great Depression/1940s.

It is fascinating to see the difference between then and now, what we have gained and what we have lost. Here's my list:

Obligatory hat-wearing
Paint on houses
Physical work and getting dirty
The mental and physical flexibility to lie down on a wooden porch floor and be comfortable
Horses as a part of everyday life
Separation by race
Extreme rural poverty
Lack of building codes

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