great ohio river flood

Another favorite of mine.

During the Great Ohio River Flood of 1937, which claimed close to 400 lives and left roughly one million people homeless across five states in the winter of that terrible year, men and women in Louisville, Kentucky, line up seeking food and clothing from a relief station, in front of a billboard proclaiming, “World’s Highest Standard of Living.”


Kentucky, 1937


[My homemade film still of “The River” (1938), the award-winning documentary produced by the USDA Farm Security Administration. It traces the complexities of the relationship between man and nature and the Great Ohio, Mississippi River Valley Flood of 1937. The film is black and white but this purple color showed up on its own when I took the photo.]