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Talking Pictures: Times of Trouble

Ransom Riggs
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Unemployment, wars, terrorism, natural disasters -- times are hard, there's no question. But times have been harder. We've been through worse and bounced back. If nothing else, I hope this week's Talking Pictures helps, in some small way, to put our own problems in perspective.

One of my jobs
20 miles from home
I'd go anywhere that I could make a living
Do you know of anything back there

Little beggar begging for pennies, showing he has none
Bermuda

It doesn't get much grimmer than this:

Moved to Detroit
where Doris Jean + Elenore Ruth were born.
both died - Doris Jean at 11 mo. spinal meningitis
Elenore Ruth at 4 mo. malnutrition
No $ for food

Re: the above, you can picture my surprise when I found this one -- especially given that I found it at the monthly Rose Bowl Swap Meet, not a quarter mile from where this photo was taken.

you can see Cecilia can't smile to good with stitches in her lip

After auto accident

I hope Mr. Whiskers pulled through:

This being the first:

American Fork Canyon, Utah. Taken by C.B. Arentson, July 27, 1918. 504 head of sheep killed by lightning on July 22. Owned by Smith Bros.

And just when you think things can't get any worse:

If they can bounce back from all that, surely we can.

And finally, the coping strategy of a woman who's seen more trouble than any of us.

Check out more Talking Pictures:
Hide This Please
The Dead
Love and Marriage
Life During Wartime

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