Today, as we in the US find ourselves in similar circumstances to the 1930′s Great Depression, thoughts of that bygone era rise again and beg us to look at the problems and solutions of that time. Vanity Fair, a magazine which has done much to comment on the worlds art and culture, did a superb job of illustrating the situation of the day. Such key players as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover play prominently on the magazines cover, which cleverly commented on the huge issues the nation faced.
Wealth disparity, one of the key factors attributed to the great depression and something the government worked hard to balance, is something the US now faces in an even greater percentage. For an insightful look at the current state of the country and who holds it’s wealth, see the interesting Al Jazeera English documentary ‘Fault Lines: The Top 1%‘.
See more about Vanity Fair and FDR at The dPop History Dig.
Above: FDR by artist Miguel Covarrubias, November 1934. Showing the president serving his favorite New Deal symbol, the National Recovery Administration’s Blue Eagle. Below: ‘Fickle Washington’ by artist Vladimir Bobritsky, May 1933.
‘The Wailing Wall of Gold’ by artist Miguel Covarrubias, June 1933.
‘Despondent Sam’ by artist Paolo Garretto, July 1933.
‘The Sporting Life’ by artist Constantin Alajalov, August 1933.
‘Fat Cat & Hobo’, October 1933.
Babe Ruth, September 1933.
President Herbert Hoover, October 1931.
‘Labor Rights’ by artist Paolo Garretto, March 1935. Depicts Roosevelt orchestrating the movements of the industrialist and the laborer.