Spokane: Privately Printed & USDA, 1937. q. Manuscript. Hardcover. Collectible Very Good. Item #5033025
Original album. Stiff 4to flexible boards bound together with metal clasp. Original photo on cover. This album was put together in around 1978 but consists of original w/w trending slightly to sepia photos dated 1937. There are seventeen (17) stiff leaves to which are affixed 51 original glossy photos, many aerial. The photos are affixed on their edges so that they can be folded over to read the descriptive label on the back of each one. In the 1930s during the Great Depression, erosion was rampant in the west as well as in the Dust Bowl. The Soil Conservation Service of the USDA by1937 was working hard to help farmers and ranchers stabilize the land. This set of photos documents that effort in Eastern Washington State, particularly the Palouse region and Walla Wall County. Inside the front cover is a 5/12/79 printed label that says, "This is believed to have once been in the Seattle area office --- then in the watershed office in Snohomish, Washington .. ---- then in the state SCS office in Spokane. Apparently it was salvaged from the desk of one engineer when retirement came on June 28, 1974. Most leave contain more than one photo. Each photo has on its verso an affixed label describing the photo in terms of exactly where it was taken(even in some cases the owner of the farm/land), what it shows in terms of erosion and crops/fallow ground, the date it was taken, the name of the photographer, and the name of the pilot of the airplane. We have not examined every single photo, but the all appear to have been taken by J. G. James. The pilot of most, when named, is D. L. Swartz. I can only begin to tell the prospective purchaser how detailed the information is. Many photos are stamped on the back, "Official Photograph U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service. There are even two dramatic photographs of whirlwinds "in finely-tilled summerfallow. This field is badly infested with morning glory . . . " "Cornell Estate, (etc.)" Many photos show the beautiful contours of this region in SE Washington. All photos in fine or near fine condition. Leaves are curled a bit. A vg bound original album. Rare.