Oblong folio.  leaves. Original string bound wooden photo-album containing 158 original b/w photographs and 10 postcards, all mounted on heavy cardstock. Photo-album manufactured by Plywood Arts in Detroit, Michigan. This striking collection of photographs was taken by a CCC enrollee, whose identity is unknown, and depicts views, people, and daily life at two CCC camps (Camp Jordan Valley, Oregon, and Camp Sparta, Wisconsin). The photos show tents, barracks, as well as scenes such as calf branding, haying, the root cells and the sagebrush crews at work, bed airing, the rounding up of wild horses, the moving of a forrester's cabin, dynamite blasting, a flag raising ceremony, etc. Many of the photographs are captioned, and depict the daily life of the men at the camps: enrollees playing baseball, catching and skinning muskrats, a group at the Caldwell rodeo, men resting and sleeping, groups of friends posing, etc. The 10 mounted postcards show the following views: "Horses Crossing the Owyhee River"; "Inside of Jordan Valley Catholic Church"; "Cattle on the March"; "All cars stop at the Jordan Valley Pharmacy, Jordan Valley, Oregon"; "Street Scene, Jordan Valley, Ore."; "Grammar School, Jordan Valley, Ore."; "Suburban Residence, Jordan Valley, Ore."; "Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho"; "Siphon 4 1/2 Miles Long - Outlet Owyhee Dam - Malheur County, Ore."; and "Owyhee Dam - 505 Feet High Reservoir 35 Miles Long, Malheur County, Ore." The size of the photographs varies from 1 6/8 x 1 1/2" to 7 x 5". In an effort to alleviate the economic hardships brought on by the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created jobs with a series of New Deal programs. One of the most popular and successful of these programs was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) which combined work relief with the preservation of natural resources. Begun in 1933, it put young unemployed men and some women between the ages of 18 and 25 to work on reforestation, road, park construction, flood control, and beautification projects. Work included building firebreaks, lookouts in the national forests and bridges, campgrounds, trails, and museums in the national parks. The men lived in work camps run by the U.S. Army. There were over 1,500 camps in all and by the end, over 2.5 million men and 8,000 women were put to work. They earned $30.00 a month, $25.00 of which had to be sent home to their families. In operation from 1933 until the program's closure in 1942, the CCC was one of the most successful and least controversial of all the New Deal programs. During its nine years of existence, a vast amount of work was done by these young men who spent six months to two years or more of the prime of their lives in spartan conditions laboring at the hardest type of work. Yet when their service of peace was done, they still had more to give to their country. The stories of some of these most productive of Americans are told in this striking photo-album. Album and photographs in overall very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 38121
Title: Original Photo-Album Depicting Daily Life at...
Publication Date: 1935
Book Condition: vg
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