Construction engineer Maurice J. Shannon looks for a job on Sunset Boulevard

Description
Just a few months before World War II broke out, Mydans was in California. A decade of economic crises had men like 54-year-old engineer Maurice J. Shannon searching for jobs wherever they could find them. Although the economy was recovering to the levels of the late 1920s, unemployment maintained a high, steady number throughout the following decade.
Despite California's effort in the 1930s to create jobs and stabilize the state's economy by building massive structures-- such as the Hoover Dam, the Coit Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge-- people still faced hardships.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
photograph
Date made
1939-07
1939
photographer
Mydans, Carl
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 30 in x 20 in; 76.2 cm x 50.8 cm
place made
United States: California, Los Angeles, Hollywood
ID Number
2005.0228.055
accession number
2005.0228
catalog number
2005.0228.055
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Carl Mydans
Photography
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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