Everyday Life of the US During WWII Through Jack Delano’s Lens

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Born 1914 as Jacob Ovcharov in Voroshilovka, Podolie Governorate, Russian Empire (now Vorošýlivka, Ukraine) and moved, with his parents and younger brother, to the United States in 1923, American photographer Jack Delano worked for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and was also a composer noted for his use of Puerto Rican folk material.

After graduating from the Academy, Delano started working as a freelance photographer in Philadelphia and New York. He also developed an interest in films, and together with his future wife Irene Esser started making short documentaries.

Impressed by the work of famous photographers like Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans, Delano applied for a job with the historical section of the FSA (Farm Security Administration) in 1940. For the next years he traveled throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. All through this time Delano’s primary assignment was to document the social and working conditions of people in FSA projects. All of this was happening during the Second World War, and Delano was drafted in 1943.

Delano traveled throughout the South Pacific and South America before being discharged in 1946.

These amazing photographs Delano took for the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information that documented everyday life of the US during WWII.

Connecticut. 75¢ Thanksgiving. On a main street in Norwich, November 1940

Connecticut. A Glimpse of Thanksgiving. At the Crouch family Thanksgiving Day dinner, Ledyard, November 1940

Connecticut. A Woman window shopping on a rainy day in Norwich, November 1940

Connecticut. All Downhill. Children sledding in Jewett City, November 1940

Connecticut. Five & Dime. Main street intersection in Norwich on a rainy day, November 1940

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