This week 85 years ago, amid the Great Depression, the first in a series of quirky travel guides to America came out. Idaho: A Guide in Word and Picture was not the debut for the American Guides that federal officials had planned. Idaho had less than half a million residents and few people were planning to go there.
Zora Neale Hurston
Stetson Kennedy records his wife Edith in 1939. Stetson Kennedy, who died on Saturday as Hurricane Irene stormed up the East Coast, had a love… Read More »Stetson Kennedy Delved into Florida Life
On the streets of Washington, DC these days, it’s easy to walk right past addresses that are not famous but from which great things –… Read More »Watch Those Footsteps on the Capital Sidewalks
The WPA guides track fine-grained details of 1930s America, from the call signals of long lost radio stations to stories of tenement families. But what… Read More »WPA Guides and Cities of the Imagination – Part 1