1913 United Gas Improvement team

Baseball Heaven: United Gas Improvement v. Brooklyn Gas at Ebbetts Field, August 2, 1913

Sousa Band baseball team circa 1902

1926 House Republican baseball team

1926 House Democratic team

The Republican team's grand entrance

House Speaker Nicholas Longworth

Color Blind, the Blog

Hard Times 1

May 4, 2013

Tags: North Dakota Depression

Color Blind takes place in Depression-battered North Dakota, which makes the building of Neil Churchill's semipro baseball team all the more remarkable. The state got beaten to its knees by drought, farm foreclosures, and a multi-year invasion of grasshoppers.

Arthur Rothstein, who later became director of photography for Look magazine, worked for the Farm Security Administration during the 1930s. His job was to document despair. Rothstein's keen sense of composition already was finely honed, evidence this picture of an abandoned farm outside the town of Beach, North Dakota.

photo courtesy of the Library of Congress