Irwinville Farms Tobacco Barn, Circa 1937

Bradford Farm Irwinville Farms GA New Deal Great Depression Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Media Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Irwinville Farms Tobacco Barn © Brian Brown 2014

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Turpentine Culture at Du Pont

Turpentine Worker Dupont GA African American Laborers Photo Dorothea Lange Courtesy Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2013

In the heart of Southeast Georgia turpentine country, Dorothea Lange captured a turpentine worker, broken from a hot July day’s work in the forests, and his wife looking out the window of their cabin. It’s a typical board-and-batten structure, common in the turpentine industry.

Wife of Turpentine Worker Dupont GA African American Laborers Photo Dorothea Lange Courtesy Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2013

Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress (July 1937)

Here’s a “turpentine cabin” I photographed in Appling County last year.

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Turpentine Cabin, Fred Carter Road, 2012 © Brian Brown

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Plantation House, Near Eatonton

Dilapidated Plantation House on Piedmont Agricultural Demonstration Project Lands Eatonton GA Carl Mydans Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2013

Carl Mydans/Library of Congress (1936)

Mydans noted that this was all that remained of a once prosperous plantation.

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Abandoned Plantation House, Monticello

Abandoned Plantation House Near Monticello GA 1936 Walker Evans Photograph Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2013

Walker Evans/Library of Congress (1936)

As part of the propaganda effort to show a South in need of improvement, photographers turned their cameras on quite a few architectural landmarks like this one. Most such structures have been demolished or lost over time.

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Filed under --JASPER COUNTY GA--, Monticello GA

Egg Transport Tax, 1935

Georgia Egg Classification Law Shipped Eggs Transport Tax Great Depression Tom Linder Image Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2013

At the height of the Great Depression, even eggs weren’t exempt from taxation. A state government which drew much of its strength from criticism of federal taxes and programs didn’t give its own small farmers a break. Sound familiar?

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Wray Plantation, Greene County

Plantation house where the Wray family has lived for generations cotton plantation 2700 acres, employing fifty tenant families in 1918 and seven tenant families in 1937

In her notes, legendary photograph Dorothea Lange wrote that the Wray family had lived in this house and farmed this land for generations. The devastation of the Great Depression reduced a tenant farm of 2700 acres supporting fifty families in 1918 to one barely subsisting with seven families in 1937. Erosion and abandonment on the plantation are highlighted in the two images that follow.

Erosion on the Wray Plantation Greene County GA Dorothea Lange July 1937 Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2013

Old Wagons on the Wray Plantation Greene County GA Dorothea Lange Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2013

A master of documentary portraiture, Lange turned her camera on what she called a “Southern lady of the old school, on the veranda of the Big House of the Wray Plantation” in July 1937. The lady appears to be in her 80s, so my guess is that she was born just before or around the outset of the Civil War.

Old School Southern Lady Wray Plantation Greene County GA Dorothea Lange July 1937 Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media 2013

Old School Southern Lady on Porch of Wray Plantation Greene County GA Dorothea Lange July 1937 Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media 2013

Old Southern Lady Wray Plantation Greene County GA Dorothea Lange July 1937 Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media 2013

Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress (1937)

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Going Home From School, Flint River Farms

Going home from school at Flint River Farms GA Great Depression Photo by Marion Post Wolcott May 1939 Courtesy Library of Congress Brian Brown Vanishing Media Georgia in the Great Depression Website

Marion Post Wolcott/Library of Congress (1939)

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