I mentioned in an earlier post that I am participating in iHanna's international postcard swap again this spring, and wanted to share with you the cards I will be sending out into the world this time around.
the Allentown Paper Show, followed by a selection of Depression-era photos from a book I found at a local thrift shop called Nana's Attic.
my "new" old typewriter to type the sentence, "We had everything but money," once for each card. This sentence is the title of the book I used as the source of my pictures. I know that some people insist that they only cut up books for their art that are so old and falling apart that they had no other life left in them. I am here to confess that this book was in perfectly fantastic shape, and I purchased it for the express purpose of cutting out and using its photos. But as I went through it, I read every single word. What an amazing book! It gave me such tremendous insight into the lives of people during the Depression and Dust Bowl eras, and such tremendous respect for the people who made it through with such positive attitudes and memories.
My cards, then, are an attempt to show some of snapshots of life from the 1930s: how resilient people clothed themselves, fed themselves, dressed themselves, educated themselves, fell in love, worked and played and traveled and LIVED in the face of the incredibly challenging circumstances of that particular decade of United States history.
iHanna for her tireless inspiration!