A man promoting himself during The Great Depression. (1930s)

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The Great Depression absolutely wrecked the American spirit. After the stock market crash of October 1929 millions of investors were wiped out, and this immediately stalled factory jobs, which in turn made sure that farms didn’t have any way to sell their goods. If you had a job during the Great Depression you were lucky.

The fellow in this photo is a emblematic of many Americans at the time who were exquisitely skilled but kind no work. It’s not as if he could take off and work as a picker either, he had three kids to take care of. People did the best they could during the Depression, and it took another war to pull the country out of it.

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