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Garland Daily News - October 19, 1976


Still from Warner Bros. movie "Bonnie and Clyde"

Family truck is very reminiscent of the Russell Lee Depression Era photograph

Just a thought. Between the farmer, his wife, the two kids and farmhand Davis, it must have been cramped quarters.

Still from Warner Bros. movie "Bonnie and Clyde" (left) Russell Lee photo (right)

Mr. Penn had images captured by photographers such as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans in mind when trying to recreate the
hard times during the Depression Era. Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" was the fitting image for the farmer's wife and kids!

The "Hooverville" scene, was typical of those displaced from their homes, jobs and community as they once knew it.
Living on the outskirts of towns and cities, in tents and makeshift homes, these outcast citizens mostly had to rely on themselves
in order to get by. Scrounging through dumps, for whatever they could salvage and basically living on a hope and a prayer.

This was during an era of days gone by, but don't think it can't happen once again! History has a way of repeating itself.

The Three Stooges & The Great Depression

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The Three Stooges episodes best demonstrates life for the common man during the Great Depression era. For the most part, the stooges
were financially embarrassed and would try to make the best of a bad situation. They would do just about anything to put a roof over
their heads and food on the table. Their ingenuity came in handy with the meager resources available to them. Although down on their
luck, they still chose to help those who were in the same situation as them. They were quick to help those in need, be it an elderly widow,
who was facing eviction from the farm or in the case demonstrated below, where a young crippled boy needed an operation to allow
him to walk again. In the 1937 short "Cash and Carry," the stooges had been living in the city dump. While away, the young lad and his
older sister had taken shelter in the stooges' empty dwelling. When the stooges came upon the young boy inside their dwelling, they
were upset at first, but when they saw him fixing to leave on crutches, it melted their hearts, and they lied, telling the youngster that he
could stay, that it wasn't really, their house. The stooges ended up helping the boy and his sister overcome the dire situation they were in.

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