Historic FSA photographs on display in Ontario

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If you're interested in photography and/or the history of the west and our area, head over to the Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum in Ontario, OR between now and Dec. 23rd. Admission is free.

"Dorothea Lange in Oregon" is a collection of 48 photographs taken in Oregon in 1939, about half of which were taken in eastern Oregon's Malheur County which borders Idaho. Lange traveled the west documenting the state of rural America for the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression. Her work is known for its honest, unflinching look at the people and their plight during that time.

This is a great opportunity to see work by one of the best documentary photographers of her era from locations close to home. Below are some samples of her work that are on display.

The Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, and is about 50 miles west of Boise. It is located at 676 SW 5th Ave in Ontario.

Between now and the end of the year, Idaho Statesman photographers will be taking a look at work by FSA photographers in our own state, and revisiting those places and subject matter. Stay tuned.

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You missed the first F in Four Rivers...

Also what they charge. They're a museum, they charge something, I'd know-I can remember walking on the sidewalk to SW 5th Avenue, now gone.

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Everybody wants to hue the knurled

Interesting photos....

They bring alot of memories before my time and in my time in that area of the 1960s thru 1970s....

Those were the days....

It ain't Ontario and it doesn't look like Vale or Nyssa...

So it must be Baker. Find some pictures that actually got taken HERE?

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Everybody wants to hue the knurled

PS Anybody can take pictures and make folks look depressed.

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Everybody wants to hue the knurled

FO....things did change fast from the

1930s into the 1960s in the Ontario-Fruitland-Payette area....the young kid is harvesting hops....at first I thought it was grapes, but then I noticed the larger vat by the older guy with all leaves in it....hops are in the area....

I remember seeing the world record sturgeon photo by snake river inbetween Fruitland and Ontario....that photo was around 1960 and it looked old too....

But I agree. two of the photos look strange....the young man and lady look too clean for that environment....

and was there a Hop Fiesta in Ontario in the 1930s as photos show....could have been....I remember seeing old photos in Weiser of the Walter Johnson era....also Payette too; downtown all horses....

FO....You probably right....look at the last

photo of old guy by the Hop Festival sign....the upper sign shows a dancing lady....and by that is a sign that shows a portion that appears to say Independence, Oregon....

If so, then who knows where photos are from....

Independence is up near Pendleton...THEIR E.OREGON

Western Oregonians think Oregon ends at Baker and Pendleton.

So it's more of the same crap. Pose peasants a little and make them look sympathetically downtrodden...typical Roosevelt era propaganda.

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FO....

The 'Stolt Lodge Spud Cellar' photo was from Klamath Falls....

and the others are from Indepence, Oregon....

I googled the 'Stolt Lodge Spud Cellar' and it shows same photo from a Merrill Oregon area....

The others were from Indepence in that in the 1930s they did have a Hop Fiesta is those days....the one sign says....
Indep
Or
The flag hid the rest....

In all my nearly 34 years as an Oregonian...

Where in the crap is K-Falls?

Wiki says: Klamath County

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Klamath_County_Oregon_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Klamath_Falls_Highlighted.svg

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Down in the middle, bottom of OR, Simply not Eastern Oregon!

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FO- Thanks for catching the typo. Admission is free to the museum.

The Statesman is working on a project using photographs taken by the FSA during the same time period here in Idaho. I will update this blog with more information as we get closer to the publish date, but look for it within the next month.

Thanks!

Joe