today’s worthless junk …

once an FSA outtake in the 1930s, this shot is now a rare historical document …

Toronto. … tomorrow’s rare historical artifact. In the 1930’s the FSA photographers recorded farm and rural life as affected by drought and depression. To be sure only chosen images were printed, all outtakes were uniquely marked as rejects.

George Dunbar writes, “An example of the unfortunate editing technique once used by the US Farm Security Administration (1935-42), during its mandate to document American farm life and workers. Holes were punched in negatives to indicate photos that were not to be printed.

“However and fortunately, many of these historic negatives remain available in US government archives.”

Times change and what were once of no historical value less than a century later become an historical document for an entirely different reason! My thanks to good friend, George Dunbar, for sharing this FSA image with us. George is also mentioned in both of the earlier posts about the FSA photographic team.

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