: Dated September 1937, this photograph shows the home of Anton Becker, one of the founders of the Ralston Steel Car Company in 1905. Becker had just patented a drop-bottom gondola car which would allow the automatic unloading of coal and ballast cars. Prior to this invention, cars were unloaded by hand shoveling. A note on the reverse of the photograph reads "Residence on a Cincinnati Hill," and the Becker home is referenced in "Ohio Picture Book" on page 54. This photograph is one of the many visual materials collected for use in the Ohio Guide. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration by executive order to create jobs for the large numbers of unemployed laborers, as well as artists, musicians, actors, and writers. The Federal Arts Program, a sector of the Works Progress Administration, included the Federal Writers’ Project, one of the primary goals of which was to complete the America Guide series, a series of guidebooks for each state which included state history, art, architecture, music, literature, and points of interest to the major cities and tours throughout the state. Work on the Ohio Guide began in 1935 with the publication of several pamphlets and brochures. The Reorganization Act of 1939 consolidated the Works Progress Administration and other agencies into the Federal Works Administration, and the Federal Writers’ Project became the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio. The final product was published in 1940 and went through several editions. The Ohio Guide Collection consists of 4,769 photographs collected for use in Ohio Guide and other publications of the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio from 1935-1939.
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: SA1039AV_b03f03_012_001 Subjects
: Architecture; Cincinnati (Ohio)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works; Automobiles--Ohio--Cincinnati; Houses; Ohio Federal Writers' Project Places
: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)