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Mary Greene photograph
Description: Dated ca. 1935-1940, this photograph shows Captain Mary Greene, steering a steamboat on the Ohio River near Cincinnati, Ohio. Mary Greene and her husband, Captain Gordon C. Greene, founded the Greene Line Steamers in 1890 which operated out of Cincinnati. Gordon died in 1927, and Mary in 1944, which left the company to their two sons Christopher and Thomas. 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. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: SA1039AV_B12F01_030_001
Subjects: Steamboats; Ohio River; Ohio Women; Boats and boating;
Places: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)