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See some past photo entries below.

See an index of all past photos here.

See Page 1 here with the current photos.

 

We welcome your pictures. We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We're looking for vintage photos and contemporary photos: family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo to share, email us for information about sending it to us.


 

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Week of June 14, 2010


We welcome your photos.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


previous  photos

index of all photos


Starting in July, 2010, Picture the West will change from a weekly feature to become an occasional feature, updated as new photos are received. 

Your photos are welcome. Email us.


Cowboy. Dawson County, Nebraska
October, 1938,  John F. Vachon
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF34-008811-D]

 

Below are images in part two of a two-part entry of photos from Nebraska, taken 1938-1941.

All of the photos are from the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (FSA-OWI) collection, a part of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. 

In previous Picture the West entries we've had 1940 photos from a Quemado, New Mexico rodeo, 1939 photos from Alpine, Texas, 1940 photos from the San Angelo, Texas Fat Stock Show; and circa 1940 photos from Montana. There are more to come.

Because the photos were commissioned by the U.S. government, they are in the public domain (It is stated, "Most photographs in this collection were taken by photographers working for the U.S. Government. Work by the U.S. Government is not eligible for copyright protection.")

The FSA-OWI collection is described:

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection form an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944. This U.S. government photography project was headed for most of its existence by Roy E. Stryker, who guided the effort in a succession of government agencies: the Resettlement Administration (1935-1937), the Farm Security Administration (1937-1942), and the Office of War Information (1942-1944). The collection also includes photographs acquired from other governmental and non-governmental sources, including the News Bureau at the Offices of Emergency Management (OEM), various branches of the military, and industrial corporations. In total, the black-and-white portion of the collection consists of about 171,000 black-and-white film negatives...

The photographer of some these images was John F. Vachon (1914-1975), who had worked as a filing clerk for the FSA before being enlisted as a photographer. He later was a staff photographer for Life magazine. Read more about him in a Wikipedia article here. His photos are from 1938.

The other photographer whose works are included is Marion Post Wolcott (1910-1990), with photos from 1941. Read about her here, where it states, "Her photographs for the FSA often explore the political aspects of poverty and deprivation. They also often find humor in the situations she encountered. Her work is some of the finest in the extensive archive." There is also a site about her work, created by her daughter, here.

The Old Photos Project here  is working to identify people in the FSA photos. From the site:

.... many years  later, they have become the best record we have of what people looked like, living their lives in the first half of the 20th century, and what the
American vernacular landscape looked like as well. In many cases, the people
in these photos were not identified by the photographers, leaving us with an
enormous picture album of anonymous members of the American family, and a
treasure chest of unfinished stories.

And so, I am trying to identify some of the unnamed subjects and find out
what happened to their lives and the lives of their descendants....

Find more at the site here.

The photo captions below come from the FSA catalog.


Dr. C. R. Watson's Hereford cattle ranch. Mitchell, Nebraska, in the Sandhills
September 1941, Marion Post Wolcott
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection,
[LC-USF34- 059552-D]



Cattle paths to water hole by windmill on grazing land
near Scottsbluff, Nebraska. North Platte River Valley
September 1941, Marion Post Wolcott
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection,
[LC-USF34- 059353-E]



Homemade windmill, Nebraska
October, 1938,  John F. Vachon
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection,
[LC-USF33- 001266-M2]



Hereford steers in feedlot on Tom Reed farm. They are fattened and ready for market. Mr. Reed said that all of the trees in the background had been planted by farmers and ranchers not very long ago as wind breakers. His mother told him that when his father first brought her there from Iowa she used to stand at the window and cry when she looked across the plains and saw the train going back east. That was about six or eight miles away, but now you can only see a mile or two. He has seventy head of cattle in feedlot and 250 head on grass.
September 1941, Marion Post Wolcott
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection,
[LC-USF34- 059636-D]



Fattening Hereford feeder cattle. Lincoln, Nebraska
September 1941, Marion Post Wolcott
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection,
[LC-USF34- 059517-D]


Cattle salesman. South Omaha stockyards. Nebraska.
September 1941, Marion Post Wolcott
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection,
[LC-USF34- 008900-D]



Cattle in pens at Union Stockyards before auction sale. Omaha, Nebraska.
September 1941, Marion Post Wolcott
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection,
[LC-USF34- 090068-D]



Cattle trucks at the stockyards. South Omaha, Nebraska.
November, 1938,  John F. Vachon
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF34- 008886-D
]

 

And, two more compelling views from Nebraska:


House built of bales of hay, Lexington, Nebraska
October, 1938,  John F. Vachon
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection,
[LC-USF33- 001338-M1]




Privy, Lexington, Nebraska
October, 1938,  John F. Vachon
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF33- 001338-M4
]

 


 

Week of June 7, 2010

Part 1 of a two-part entry

These photos were all taken in 1938 in Dawson County, Nebraska. The county is on the Platte River; several early western migration trails crossed there. The Pony Express had several stations in the area.


Cowboy. Dawson County, Nebraska
October, 1938,  John F. Vachon
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF34-008811-D]

 


Cowboys and cattle. Dawson County, Nebraska
October, 1938,  John F. Vachon
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF34-008808-D]

 


Cowboy driving cattle to grazing land. Dawson County, Nebraska
October, 1938,  John F. Vachon
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF34-008805-D]

 


Cattle. Dawson County, Nebraska
October, 1938,  John F. Vachon
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF34-008797-D]

 


Cattle gate, Dawson County, Nebraska
October, 1938,  John F. Vachon
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF33-001347-M1 ]

 


Farmer and ex-cowboy drinking beer in North Platte, Nebraska, saloon
October, 1938,  John F. Vachon
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF34-008771-D]

 

 


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