FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Urbana, Ohio” (1938)

Business district of Urbana, Ohio. Ben Shahn, August, 1938. Urbana is a city in and the county seat of Champaign County, Ohio, United States,[3] 47 miles (76 km) west of Columbus. Urbana was laid out in 1805, and for a time in 1812 was the headquarters of the Northwestern army. Urbana was named after the […]

FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Thaxton Farmhouse Interior” (1938)

Interior scene of the Thaxton farmhouse, near Mechanicsburg, Ohio. General caption for this series of images: Virgil Thaxton rents a 120-acre farm from Mr. Brand. This is the fourth farm he has rented within the last eight years. At each change he hopes to make enough to have a nice home for his family. Within […]

FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Calumet, Pennsylvania” (1935)

Hungarian miner, Calumet, Pennsylvania. Worked in the mines for thirty-four years, now sixty-three with no pension and no work. October, 1935. Calumet is an unincorporated community in Mount Pleasant Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States. Although the United States Census Bureau includes it in a census-designated place with the nearby community of Norvelt, they are […]

FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Bus Station” (1938)

Bus station, Marion, Ohio. Ben Shahn, Summer, 1938. Marion, Ohio As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 35,318 people, 13,551 households, and 8,821 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,111.6 people per square mile (1,201.4/km²). There were 14,713 housing units at an average density of 1,296.8/sq mi (500.5/km²). The racial makeup […]

FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Plaquemines Parish” (1935)

Children of unemployed trapper, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Ben Shahn, October, 1935. Plaquemines Parish (Louisiana French: Paroisse des Plaquemines) is the parish with the most combined land and water area in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Pointe à la Hache. As of 2000, the parish’s population was 26,757. As of the census[6] […]

FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Boone County, Arkansas”

Boone County, Arkansas. The family of a Resettlement Administration client in the doorway of their home. Ben Shahn, October, 1935. Boone County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2000 census, the population was 33,948. The county seat is Harrison.[1] Boone County is Arkansas’s 62nd county, formed on April […]

FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Blind Street Musician” (1935)

Blind street musician, West Memphis, Arkansas. Ben Shahn, October, 1935. West Memphis is the largest city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 27,666 at the 2000 census, with an estimated population of 28,181 in 2005, ranking it as the state’s 12th largest city, behind Bentonville.[1] It is considered part of the Memphis […]

FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Amite City, Louisiana” (1935)

Amite City, Louisiana. Ben Shahn, October, 1935. Amite City—commonly called simply Amite – is a town in and the parish seat of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 4,110 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Hammond Micropolitan Statistical Area. As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,110 people, 1,310 […]

FSA: BEN SHAHN – Marysville, Ohio, Summer, 1938

Street scene, Marysville, Ohio. Summer, 1938 Marysville was originally part of Northwest Territory, and then became part of the Virginia Military District within that territory, and eventually became part of the state of Ohio. One of the original surveyors of the area was James Galloway, Jr., who first visited in 1805.[5] Marysville was founded in […]

BEN SHAHN: “Summer”, (1938)

Circus poster, Circleville, Ohio. Summer, 1938 Circleville, county seat of Pickaway County. Average small Ohio city, depending upon surrounding rich farmlands for its livelihood. Because of its non-industrial surroundings, retains much of old-time flavor. Outstanding industries: Eshelman’s Feed Mill. Employs 150-200 men the year ’round. Pay averages about eighty-five cents an hour. Container Corporation of […]