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Ringo S.
07-27-2012, 09:31
http://podakuni.livejournal.com/682830.html

All Pro Sports Hero
07-27-2012, 09:37
Looks like a hella cool time to be alive.

(But it'd be better if we could swap some of today's finer looking ladies for the ones in the pics. Just sayin'.)

barbedwiresmile
07-27-2012, 09:45
Great pics.

Where are all the fat people?

gwalchmai
07-27-2012, 10:14
Looks like a hella cool time to be alive.They're all happy despite (or is it because of) the lack of diversity.

Guss
07-27-2012, 10:30
Thanks for sharing.

GAFinch
07-27-2012, 10:42
Those are cool pictures.

Great pics.

Where are all the fat people?

Regular coffee and lots of cigarettes.

aircarver
07-27-2012, 10:45
Rooshkie Spy Photos ? ... :wow:

:supergrin:

Helluva interesting era.

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brickboy240
07-27-2012, 11:04
No tattoos or pierced people. No hood rats. No spray paint everywhere.

Looks like a foreign country...doesn't it?

LOL

-brickboy240

(now you know why the older people are so p*ssed...right?)

gwalchmai
07-27-2012, 11:09
No tattoos or pierced people. No hood rats. No spray paint everywhere.

Looks like a foreign country...doesn't it?
Why no. It looks like America...

pugman
07-27-2012, 11:24
Great pics.

Where are all the fat people?

This comment is more important than people realize.

Look at picture 81 - its a large crowd. I looked pretty hard and can't find a single obese (or really overweight) person in the picture.

Although there does appear to be a guy right in the middle up front picking his nose.

Disregarding the fact most of these pictures were taken during WWII people today can't fathom how good they have it.

brickboy240
07-27-2012, 11:31
These were the years before fast food, cheap and plentiful processed sugar snacks and only one or two kinds of soft drinks.

People also did not have 200 channels, a huge tv, X-box and a computer to sit in front of. They worked outside...and with their hands more and were generally more physical in their daily efforts.

They actually had it pretty good in many aspects.

-brickboy240

Just1More
07-27-2012, 11:35
These were the years before fast food, cheap and plentiful processed sugar snacks and only one or two kinds of soft drinks.

People also did not have 200 channels, a huge tv, X-box and a computer to sit in front of. They worked outside...and with their hands more and were generally more physical in their daily efforts.

They actually had it pretty good in many aspects.

-brickboy240

Yet, people are living longer now.

jtull7
07-27-2012, 11:44
I live not too far from Pie Town. It looks about the same today as it did in those fine photos.

The Russell Lee FSA photographs taken in 1940 are world-famous for their depiction of ordinary Americans during the Depression. I have never seen them in color.

JBnTX
07-27-2012, 12:03
No creepy guys with their hair dyed red either.
Guys like the Colorado shooter were unheard of back then.

RC-RAMIE
07-27-2012, 13:47
No creepy guys with their hair dyed red either.
Guys like the Colorado shooter were unheard of back then.

Because the news coverage sucked people still did horrible things back then to. This was a 2 min Google search to find this

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_shooting#1940s

chuckz28
07-27-2012, 13:51
Thanks for the link! I have only seen black and white photos from that time period so color really adds a new perspective. America was a great place before communist influence. Kind of surprising seeing so many kids without shoes though.

snowbird
07-27-2012, 14:40
No creepy guys with their hair dyed red either.
Guys like the Colorado shooter were unheard of back then.

And they didn't have all the gun control laws back then that we do today -go figure.

Schools didn't have metal detectors at the door and armed cops stationed inside. The Lord's Prayer was likely repeated in class each day, and gay marriage wasn't even heard of, never mind preached. The young lady wearing the cross on a necklace probably wasn't just making a fashion statement -and it most likely wasn't made in China.

Fathers were present in those family photos (and any that were missing were most likely in the armed forces defending freedom). Our borders were defended back then too.

And there were no mosques in sight.

rhino673
07-27-2012, 14:44
Great pics.

Where are all the fat people?

Bwahahaha!:rofl:

snowbird
07-27-2012, 14:45
Because the news coverage sucked people still did horrible things back then to. This was a 2 min Google search to find this

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_shooting#1940s

I think the news coverage was superior back then -at least it was PRO-American. There were no where near as many school shootings back then, and the few that did occur saw the perps get speedier and more appropriate justice, I dare say.

cowboy1964
07-27-2012, 14:48
I've always disliked B&W photos because they seem less "real". Seeing things in color makes it much more relatable.

The Machinist
07-27-2012, 15:05
Wow! No ear or eye protection back in the day!

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d82/podakuni/Historical/clr_hstr__041.jpg

pugman
07-27-2012, 15:18
Yet, people are living longer now.

Two words: Medical Advancements

Top 10 leading causes of death in 1940

Diseases of the heart
Cancer and other malignant tumors
Intracranial lesions of vascular origin
Nephritis (all forms)
Pneumonia (all forms) and influenza
Accidents excluding motor-vehicle
Tuberculosis (all forms)
Motor vehicle accidents
Diabetes mellitus
Premature births

One comparsion for a top ten leading cause of death in the U.S from 1953 vs. 2006

Tuberculosis deaths per the American Lung Association
1953 19,707 vs. 2006 644

I don't think anyone can argue people today are healthier than they were in 1940. We have better ways of keeping people alive longer, we have more safety features on cars....but overall general health I would think has declined

Atomic Punk
07-27-2012, 15:31
some very well done pictures. awesome photographer.

Gunnut 45/454
07-27-2012, 17:37
Yep my father was one of those men missing in those photo's! He was off defending our freedom and freeing the Jews in Germany. My mother would have been one of those women serving our country building the tools of war. Times were tough and many did without the luxuries we see and have now. My mom walked/rode bike 6 miles to work everyday - no car then- couldn't afford the gas for my grandfathers car ! They didn't marry until after the war -they dated before/during it. :supergrin: Of course this was before the Socialist liberals ruined our country.:steamed:

BassCatcher
07-27-2012, 20:38
I sure enjoyed that, thanks for sharing!

janice6
07-27-2012, 20:47
We had a good run.

teumessian_fox
07-27-2012, 22:32
Great pics.

Where are all the fat people?

They were still in the Great Depression. Food was scarce. We entered the war 12/7/41 and until 1945 food and conveniences were scarce.

That would account for the people in the pictures. But even my generation had few diversions (100 channels on tv, computer games, the internet) indoors. We were forced to play outside. Whatever food we ate we burned up in sports.

teumessian_fox
07-27-2012, 22:39
They're all happy despite (or is it because of) the lack of diversity.

Definitely. "Progress" hasn't really benefitted us much in all arenas, has it? Lower crime. No career welfare/generational deadbeats.

A much better time in many respects.

"But Fox, what about the people who were oppressed?!"

All we did was trade one oppressed demographic for another. We didn't gain a freaking thing.

sierrafast
07-27-2012, 23:02
Thanks for sharing. I agree, it does look like another country.

SomeDay
07-27-2012, 23:21
Great pictures, sure was a different time!

RC-RAMIE
07-28-2012, 06:51
I think the news coverage was superior back then -at least it was PRO-American. There were no where near as many school shootings back then, and the few that did occur saw the perps get speedier and more appropriate justice, I dare say.

I meant the coverage only not quality, no 24/7 news.


....

GAFinch
07-28-2012, 07:18
Yep my father was one of those men missing in those photo's! He was off defending our freedom and freeing the Jews in Germany. My mother would have been one of those women serving our country building the tools of war. Times were tough and many did without the luxuries we see and have now. My mom walked/rode bike 6 miles to work everyday - no car then- couldn't afford the gas for my grandfathers car ! They didn't marry until after the war -they dated before/during it. :supergrin: Of course this was before the Socialist liberals ruined our country.:steamed:

The Socialist liberals are what made the Great Depression last so long. If Kruschev hadn't made his 'We will bury you' speech, FDR 2.0 might have been elected 60 years earlier.

azatrox
07-28-2012, 12:20
Great stuff, thanks for sharing.

fx77
07-28-2012, 12:25
Excellent

G29Reload
07-28-2012, 14:05
What camera?

What film? I'm guessing its Kodak, another great American name.

Ah, maybe ektachrome 64?

azatrox
07-28-2012, 15:09
What camera?

What film? I'm guessing its Kodak, another great American name.

Ah, maybe ektachrome 64?

I'd guess a 4x5 camera.

Batesmotel
07-28-2012, 15:43
I'd guess a 4x5 camera.

You would be right. Many were War Department photos so may have been a Graflex or Speed Graphic. But any 4X5 would give the same result.

This is the reason I still shoot 4X5, 5x7 and 8X10

jtull7
07-28-2012, 17:02
In the fall of 1936, Russell Lee was hired for the federally sponsored Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographic documentation project. He joined a team assembled under Roy Stryker, along with Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein and Walker Evans. Stryker provided direction and bureaucratic protection to the group, leaving the photographers free to compile what has been called "the greatest documentary collection ever been assembled" in 1973. Lee is responsible for some of the iconic images produced by the FSA, including photographic studies of San Augustine, Texas in 1939, and Pie Town, New Mexico in 1940.

Lee apparently used a Contax I camera. He was trained as a chemical engineer and from the beginning worked 35mm processes beyond their normal limits.

G29Reload
07-28-2012, 19:33
you know it had to be a govt effort, that kind of camera, film, etc were out of reach of most people. the ability to shoot and reproduce to that level had money behind it.

heck, even the color...when i was a kid in the 60's the family instamatic had color film available but you could still shoot b&w as an economy measure to save money.

russtang
07-28-2012, 22:25
Looks like a hella cool time to be alive.

(But it'd be better if we could swap some of today's finer looking ladies for the ones in the pics. Just sayin'.)


Don't let the hairstyle, no makeup, fashion of the day fool ya.

Lots of (real) attractive women in those pics.

Flying-Dutchman
07-29-2012, 06:34
Free range people compared to today.

Technology is killing us. We are over fed, over air conditioned or heated and physically under activated.

The pictures bring on the nostalgia but would you really want to live like they did? You could if you wanted to.

azatrox
07-29-2012, 12:33
You would be right. Many were War Department photos so may have been a Graflex or Speed Graphic. But any 4X5 would give the same result.

This is the reason I still shoot 4X5, 5x7 and 8X10

I shoot Nikon digital, but was recently given a Speed Graphic 4x5 as a gift. It's in great shape. I'm going to give it a try one of these days...as soon as I figure out how to load the film and use it! lol

jolly roger
07-29-2012, 13:39
We still have a Speed Graphic in our office as a "museum piece". First crime scene camera bought in 1954 according to the papers in the metal box. Still in perfect condition. Even has the old flash bulbs and flash handle. Must learn to use the thing...

jolly roger
07-29-2012, 13:40
Before that from what I have heard, press photographers would do the crime scene photos :)

nmstew
07-29-2012, 14:11
So how do we go back?

ModGlock17
07-29-2012, 14:14
Looked like the stuff that made America great!


That was before the FDA got in there and regulated Foods, the EPA regulated steel mills, OHSA regulated worker safety, NHTSA regulated cars....

snowbird
07-29-2012, 15:56
So how do we go back?

Just off the top of my head, read your Bible and try to follow it, like the pioneers did. Cling to your guns. Get the usurper out of our White House, and all of his ilk out of public office (demand righteous, Constitutional government as best as we can). Get married before having kids, then stay with this first wife, love your family, try to set a good example. Work as the Protestant 'work ethic' required, at honest work. Live within your means, and demand government do the same.

And, at least one day in seven, rest and enjoy God's blessings.