|Title||Edwin Hill repairing roof of shack in Hooverville, Seattle, November 1939 |
|Caption||During the Depression of the 1930s, over 600 unemployed and homeless people lived in shacks on vacant land just south of downtown Seattle. They built their homes from scrap lumber and other materials which they found along the waterfront. This area, and similar places throughout the United States, were called Hoovervilles after President Herbert Hoover, whom many people blamed for causing the Depression.|
This November 1939 photo shows Edwin Hill repairing the roof of his Hooverville shack near downtown Seattle. He roofed his home with tarpaper weighted down with chunks of cement.
|Notes||Handwritten on image: Hill, Edwin.|
Handwritten on sleeve: Hill, Edwin, Shacktown.
Caption by MOHAI staff.
Date photograph was filed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (date of photograph and file date may differ by a month or more): November 24, 1939.
|Subjects||Shelters--Washington (State)--Seattle; Unemployed--Washington (State)--Seattle; Depressions--Washington (State)--Seattle; Poor persons--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Personal Names||Hill, Edwin |
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Seattle|
Pioneer Square (Seattle, Wash.)
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||PI22393 |
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|Credit Line||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI) |
|Repository Collection||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection |
|Physical Description||1 nitrate negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from print made from original negative as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, resized to 640 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |