The Great Depression In Photos: A Look At Catastrophe You Have To See To Believe

fotorcreatedThe Great Depression was a completely unprecedented economic catastrophe, far worse than the financial crash of the late 2000s.

It began in 1929 and lasted until the late 1930s. It was triggered by a stock market crash in the United States and during the first three years of the depression, the entire worldwide GDP would shrink by 15%!

Unemployment became a massive issue and more than 25% of Americans found themselves without a job. Building work in cities came to a complete stop and farming communities watched prices plummet by up to 60%.

These photos show what life was like for ordinary Americans during The Great Depression. Number 2, particularly, offers a sobering look at its effects.

 

15. Shocked Stump Rancher

001-15-shocked-stump-rancher-895542In this image, you can see a Mennonite farmer. He’d lost his livelihood as a farmer when he could no longer sell his wheat on the open market for a fair price. So he moved to Idaho to become a stump rancher. A stump ranch was one where cattle fed on the stumps of felled trees.

What Others Are Reading

This Couple Wanted A Baby And Ended Up With More Than They Wished For

Miracles do happen! Oklahoma residents Sarah and Andy Justice spent years trying to conceive and start a family of their own, but unfortunately, they only had trouble. After seeking the advice of a fertility...

These 18 Celeb Couples Have Age Gaps You Wouldn’t Believe

There is an old saying that age is just a number, and for the most part, that reigns true. As long as both parties in a relationship are of a legal age, it is...

Brace Your Eyes: The Most Beautiful Women on Earth

Have you ever wondered who are the most blessed women when it comes to good looks? Well, compiling a list of the most beautiful women in the world is not that easy. After all,...

Selfie Mania: 15 Celebrities Who Did It Wrong

These days, we're accustomed to celebrities looking perfect in front of the camera. But the impact of social media has completely turned the tables on how A-list stars should genuinely appear to their fans....

You Won’t Believe The Lengths This Deaf Man Went To Save a Frozen Deer

Kind people seemingly have an inherent desire inside them to preserve life and help someone out when things are getting rough. This doesn't just apply to humans, but some animals as well. When we...

She Buried Her Husband, But What Happened Next Day Made Chilled Her Bones

Losing a loved one is one of the most painful heartaches we can experience in this life. The thought of not seeing them again and spending time with themĀ breaks our hearts so much. But...

25 Giant Animals You Won’t Believe Are Real

We humans are very much fascinated with the bizarre and eccentric things. Just like the creatures in this list that are way, way far from the ordinary. Their impressive and larger than life (literally)...

Someone Please Tell These Women Their Clothes Are See-Through

Everybody has an off day from a fashion perspective. You get up, you're in a hurry, and you just pull on whatever you can find to get going. These images, on the other hand, don't...