: Dated ca. 1935-1940, this photograph shows a model of a canal boat built to carry passengers. The cabin extends almost the length of the boat and has windows so the passengers could view the canal towns and countryside along the way. The model features a cabin roof which would have been used as a sightseeing deck. The model measures 20 x 5 x 4 inches.
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.
: SA1039AV_B11F02_030_001 Subjects
: Ohio State School for the Blind; Models; Canal boats; Education; Federal Writers' Project Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)