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  • feedwordpress 09:01:58 on 2019/03/03 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , history of photography, , Minnie the Moocher, , Office of War Information, , ,   

    “Turn left at Greenland”*… 


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    FSA photos

     

    After a series of setbacks in the courts that repealed many of the First New Deal’s program, President Roosevelt pursued a new set of initiatives including the Resettlement Administration in 1935. It was charged with aiding the poorest third of farmers displaced by the depression and particularly focused on resettlement on viable lands and providing low-interest loans. Directed by Rexford Tugwell, a Columbia University economist, the RA came under immediate scrutiny. Realizing the battle for public opinion had begun, Tugwell hired his former student Roy Stryker to lead the Historic Section within the Information Division of the RA, which in 1937 was moved to the FSA.

    In order to build support for and justify government programs, the Historical Section set out to document America, often at her most vulnerable, and the successful administration of relief service. The Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) produced some of the most iconic images of the Great Depression and World War II and included photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein who shaped the visual culture of the era both in its moment and in American memory. Unit photographers were sent across the country. The negatives were sent to Washington, DC. The growing collection came to be known as “The File.” With the United State’s entry into WWII, the unit moved into the Office of War Information and the collection became known as the FSA-OWI File…

    Now, from Yale, a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing 90,000 of those 170,000 photographs created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) from 1935 to 1945: Programmer.

    * Ringo Starr, in response to the question “How do you find America?,” asked in a Beatles press conference on the first U.S. tour

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    As we look and see, we might recall that it was on this date in 1931 that Cab Calloway recorded “Minnie the Moocher,” the first jazz record to sell one million copies and the song that cemented the popularity of “scat” singing (which had been first popularized in 1926 by Louis Armstrong’s “Heebie Jeebies.”)

     

     
  • feedwordpress 09:01:45 on 2014/03/03 Permalink
    Tags: , coincidences, , , , Minnie the Moocher,   

    “Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see”*… 


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    When pilgrims were landing on Plymouth Rock, you could already visit what is now Santa Fe, New Mexico to stay at a hotel, eat at a restaurant and buy Native American silver.

    1912 saw the maiden voyage of the Titanic– as well as the birth of vitamins, x-ray crystallography, and MDMA.

    More curious coincidence at Reddit’s ”What are two events that took place in the same time in history but don’t seem like they would have?

    [via Kottke]

    * Carl Jung

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    As we peer closely for patterns, we might recall that it was on this date in 1930 that Cab Calloway and His Orchestra recorded their scat-jazz classic, “Minnie the Moocher,” the first jazz record to sell 1 million copies.

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