10 Photos That Show What Dinner Was Like During The Great Depression.



If there’s one thing we learned from The Great Depression of the 1930s, it’s just how resilient we can be as a society. Times were hard, jobs were few, yet people remained positive and creative. Ingenious ideas like turning an old feed sack or flour bag into a new dress show why this was “The Greatest Generation.” Another shining example of our collective grit was the ability to keep food on the table for the family. We’ve already learned what a typical Depression-era breakfastmight look like; now, thanks to these stunning photographs from Yale University’s Photogrammar, we can see what dinner was like during (and shortly after) the Depression, all around the country.

Preparing Dinner


“Preparing dinner for the six hundred fifty flood refugees encamped at Tent City near Shawneetown, Illinois.” (1937)



“Preparing dinner in migrant camp, Berrien County, Michigan.” (1940)


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