Jack Delano’s photographs of Sterling, May 1940

As a photographer for the Farm Security Administration in the 1940s, Jack Delano produced a wealth of images capturing pre-WWII American life. Included in his thousands of Depression-era images held by the Library of Congress are five photographs that depict life in the Sterling area in May of 1940:

Houses at crossroads, two miles west of Sterling

Houses at crossroads, two miles west of Sterling

Farmhouse and cane near Sterling. Loudoun County, Virginia (larger version)

Farmhouse and cane near Sterling. Loudoun County, Virginia-Reduced

Retired railroad engineer who owns twenty-five acre farm. Raises corn and wheat near Sterling, Virginia

Retired railroad engineer who owns twenty-five acre farm. Raises corn and wheat near Sterling, VirginiaBoys on way home from school. Near Sterling, Virginia

Boys on way home from school. Near Sterling, Virgina

Boy on way home from school. Can contains his lunch. Near Sterling, Virginia

Boy on way home from school. Can contains his lunch. Near Sterling, Virginia

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