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Summer in NYS--cover.jpg
Published a year after the conclusion of World War II, the tone of this 36-page travel guide to New York is on of making up for lost time. "With motor travel again unlimited," we are told, "New York's 59,000 miles of improved highways beckon the…

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Unofficially known as the "Oh My God" Road, this winding route was created to service silver mines, some of which are visible in the postcard view. It's of interest because this location probably was the basis for New Deal Gallery artist Philip…

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Two images show "the world of tomorrow" at General Motors' famous exhibit for the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. Gleaming skyscrapers evoke the recently constructed Chrysler and Empire State Buildings. Its multi-laned highways, however, still…

Bourke-White--World's Highest.jpg
In one of the most famous photographs of the 1930s, White appears to juxtapose a Great Depression unemployment line with the collective dream of an American Way. But her image actually was taken in Louisville, Kentucky after a flood of the Ohio…

Niagara Dry.jpg
During the mid-1960s, journalist Cliff Spieler of the Niagara Gazette published a series of articles warning that the American Falls were in danger of "disappearing" due to erosion and rockfall (two major incidents occurring in 1931 and 1954). By…

Albrecht--Solastalgia.jpg
Photograph in southern Australia shows the ecological impact of open-pit mining and coal-fired power plants. But Albrecht also argues that "changes to the landscape in the Upper Hunter region of NSW severely distressed the people who lived there, a…

Lange--Missouri Farmer.jpg
Unidentified couple, displaced perhaps by drought, is one of thousands photographed by Lange during the 1930s. This item consists of the original photo and a cropped version created for the Green New Deal: Solastalgia exhibit.

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This excerpt of a Swiss song appeared in a medical study on the phenomenon of nostalgia, usually glossed in English as "homesickness." A researcher named Johannes Hofer had coined the term in his 1688 dissertation, observing that Swiss mercenary…

PattersonClaude-High in the Tree Tops.jpg
We’re asked to adopt a perspective almost never accessible to humans: near the top of a tree, at close proximity to parrots. A light wash of cloudy white and blue in the background encloses the birds; their distinctive colors echo those of the tree’s…

Myers--The Gift.jpg
Four children encounter each other upon a path in Central Park, the city skyline silhouetted against a colorful sky. Two older—and, judging from their clothing, apparently wealthier—children accept a flower offered by a young girl holding a larger…
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