Monday, June 23, 2008

Vermont State Fair September 1941 - Part 1

Photographers working for the U.S. government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States.

Jack Delano was one of those photographers. The following are a sample of some of the 100's of pictures he took during this period. These slides are preserved at the Library of Congress.

A little history of the Rutland/Vermont State Fair: In the fall of 1846, the first Rutland Fair (as it was known then) took place in a field near Castleton. In 1859 the Rutland Fair was held at it's present location. The first year the Fair was closed was in 1917 when the State of Vermont closed the Fair with all other public gatherings due to an epidemic of influenza.

The Fair started as a one day event, moved to a two day event and in 1893 the Fair was held for three days. By 1933 the Fair was a six day event. In 1926 the Rutland Fair was rated the third largest in New England and among the top 10 in the nation. In 1942, with the United States in conflict with World War II, the Fair was only a one day event.

The Fair will celebrate its 162nd Anniversary this year with the 2008 dates being August 29th through September 7th.

Part 2 tomorrow.

Link: Jack Delano on Wikipedia

Link: Library of Congress

1 comment:

Major Pepperidge said...

I've been enjoying Jack Delano's AMAZING Kodachrome photos for a long time, and have never seen these (except for one or two from the series I think). Awesome stuff, it really brings the past to life.