The Grab Bag - Photogrammar

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

During the Great Depression and the entry to World War II, the Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) sent photographers all over the country to document the recovery efforts of the New Deal. A group of researchers from Yale University has just released 170,000 digitized photos from this effort, creating an incredible and publicly accessible record of the times. Even better, the photos are organized by location, topic and photographer, are very easy to search and are mostly in the public domain.


Here's a photo from our market area - the abandoned town of Keota, Colorado, located in the Pawnee National Grasslands, photographed by Arthur Rothstein in October 1939. Continued crop failures left just a couple of dilapidated structures sitting on the prairie, with no indication of what was once a thriving small town.



This is an interesting browse for anyone interested in photography, the history of these challenging times, or possibly a source for some creative marketing. Check it out:


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Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


Data Source: IRES MLS


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  2. Roy Kelley 11/13/2015 05:00 PM
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dick loved the post as well as the picture, Endre

Oct 04, 2015 03:03 PM #17
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dick. What a wonderful photo. I am interested in this and will surely check it out. TY

Oct 04, 2015 10:37 PM #18
Andrzej Niemyjski
Realty One Group - Sun City West, AZ

Thank you for sharing this very interesting link.  Will have to check it out for sure.

Oct 05, 2015 01:22 AM #19
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You are always full of interesting finds. I'll be sure to check this out, Dick. Happy Monday to you and Mary. D 

Oct 05, 2015 01:25 AM #20
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Dick -- what a cool site.  I've bookmarked your post so I can check it out later -- nice to know much of the images are in the public domain.  

Oct 05, 2015 02:27 AM #21
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Definitely checking this out, Dick Greenberg ... will love to see what they have for our area too ... as well as family farms, etc.  Thanks for the share!  What a tremendous history to have documented ...


Oct 05, 2015 05:58 AM #22
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Dick,

I love looking at photos of places that no longer exist or have so dramatically changed they are unrecognizable. It the context of time, all human existence is but a fluttering of an eyelash. Mahalo for sharing.

a hui hou,


Oct 05, 2015 08:51 AM #23
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Seeing photos like these make me so melancholy. I have heard my parents and grandparents talk about the tough times they had and it brings it to life with photographs. I will be checking this site out.

Oct 06, 2015 10:28 AM #24
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Dick, I just love coming by your blog as I always am fascinated by how your mind works and the things that interest you. What conversations we would have! 

I have a great book recommendation for you: The Oregon Trail A New American Journey. It's at Costco, but I heard the author Rinker Buck (love that name!) interviewed on our local Public Broadcasting radio station. I immediately ordered it! He and his brother travel the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon and three mules. Great story! 

Oct 06, 2015 11:17 AM #25
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

This looks like a site that I need to check out.  I love the photo of Keota.  Looks like it could be the sound stage for a western.

Oct 07, 2015 01:42 AM #26
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Thats pretty darn awesome! Not for them back in those days but too look back now at what it was just a little more than 70 years ago

Oct 07, 2015 09:38 AM #27
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                  Thank you Dick Greenberg for my Ah-ha moment. And BTW- when I went there I spent more time than I care to admit. 

Oct 10, 2015 11:37 AM #28
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

I'm still trying to figure out what I was doing last Sunday and how I missed this post.  Very cool site.....I am going to bookmark it too.

Oct 10, 2015 10:43 PM #29
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

This is very cool Dick, I did take a look and there is nothing from Elkhart Area but lots from Southern California where I grew up.  Spent quite a bit of time and will be spending more browsing! Thanks!

Oct 11, 2015 01:17 AM #30
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Goes to show that political propganda has always existed. lol. But it would be very interesting to see the pictures. Thank you for sharing this this morning. 

Oct 11, 2015 01:35 AM #31
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Dick - this site will keep me occupied for a while.  I decided to look into my own home county.  Lots there.

Oct 11, 2015 05:26 AM #32
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm so glad Kathy shared this post...I love looking through old pics like this!

Oct 11, 2015 09:23 AM #33
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

I love old photos especially when they have so much historic significance. I had to bookmark this one so I can come back to it when I've got time to browse the pictures!

Oct 12, 2015 02:57 AM #34
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this information. This site should be fun to explore.

Oct 29, 2015 01:24 AM #35
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Dick, I'm here via Roy Kelley's reblog of this post. I went to the site and it is very cool...found a lot of old photos from here in Alabama! 

Nov 14, 2015 06:51 AM #36
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