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A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

Franklin Roosevelt’s parents were very supportive of his various interests: sailing, stamp and book collecting, bird watching and so forth. So when FDR expressed an interest in photography, they purchased a state-of-the-art camera kit for him. The camera was a large box like device, just a little smaller than a typical shoe box, that was set up on a wooden tripod. Today, most of us have cameras tucked right in our pockets on our iphones.  We can take pictures and make videos to capture moments or share with friends whenever and wherever we go.

What kinds of pictures do you like to take?
Taking the time to capture a special moment can create a record of good times that can be kept along with the memory for a lifetime.

  • What do you like to take pictures of: animals, nature, sunsets, cityscapes?
  • Do you like to take pictures of yourself at special places?
  • Do you like to take pictures of yourself dressing up or making funny faces?
  • Do you like to take pictures of yourself having fun with friends?

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During the Great Depression FDR felt it was important to document the harsh conditions that Americans were living through. He created an organization called the Farm Security Administration(FSA) and hired photographers to take pictures all across the United States. Within just a few years they had taken about 80,000 photographs! The chances are very good that any picture you have ever seen from the Great Depression era was taken by an FSA photographer. 

Along with about 17 million pages of documents, the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum’s archive contain about ______________ photographs as well.

  1. 1 million                                   3) 1.5 million
  2. 100,000                                   4) 150,000

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