Why Were These Photographs of the Great Depression Rejected and Scarred?

These iconic images of the Great Depression were not made public during the 1930s.

What was it about these images that made them unworthy or inappropriate? Since these photographs were at times used in newspapers, it is possible that, in addition to some quality control, there was some damage control going on. We may never know all the many criteria that caused Stryker to reject certain images and not others. But, we are fortunate to have the chance to see them all today.

Via/ Library of Congress
Via/ Library of Congress
Via/ Library of Congress
Via/ Library of Congress
Via/ Library of Congress

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