Dorothea Lange, the noted American photographer, was born on this day in 1895. She is best known for her photos taken as part of the Farm Security Administration and later the Office of War Information documenting the impact of the Great Depression and later World War Two. Numerous noted photographers participated in the project including Waker Evans, and Marion Post Wolcott. The FSA/OWI collection at the Library of Congress features over 170,000 negatives and 100,000 prints. The images are both moving and informative - capturing daily life in America.The Library of Congress recently launched a page on the Flickr photo sharing site focusing on the collection. If you enjoy photography, visit the Flickr collection to see their new photo each day.
There are many Coca-Cola related signs and posters in this collection and the photo above, taken by Lange's contemporary, Walker Evans titled "General Store Moundville, Alabama has a wonderful 1936 Coca-Cola poster firmly tacked to the wall. That poster would be worth several thousand dollars now... assuming the condition was good enough.