Who Lived Here?


Recognize this street?

This Walker Evans photo is just one of many early images of our fair city available online in an FSA-OWI collection from the Library Of Congress. The FSA (Farm Security Administration) was created as part of FDR’s New Deal to assist farmers displaced by the Dust Bowl, while the OWI (Office of War Information) was basically a propaganda machine that served to chronicle America’s military resolve at a homefront level. Photographers were dispatched throughout the U.S. Evans was sent to the South, so he ended up in Atlanta.

The description on this image is simply “Frame houses and a billboard” and I’ve always wondered just where it was taken. Are those houses still standing? Is that Peachtree or maybe North Avenue? Surely it was a busy enough thoroughfare — why would you advertise the latest movies otherwise?

1 Comment so far

  1. Will (unregistered) on August 12th, 2005 @ 12:41 pm

    That FSA-OWI collection is totally rad. I used a lot of it for photo reference back in the day after my art director turned me on to it. The Library of Congress gets a little more internet-accessible every year, and it’s always a treat.

    If you happen to like old maps (I do), they’ve got a ton of those as well.

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