This NYT piece from last week explores how even the well-off are suffering during the economic downturn. One "Atlanta socialite" interviewed even admits to (horrors!) recycling her designer duds by wearing the same dress at more than one gala (note: "gala" is the NYT word, not mine). The narrative and images like the one above reminded me of a marvelous series of FSA photographs made by Marion Post in the 1930s. In Florida to photograph migrants working in the citrus industry, Post took time to make a few photographs at a local resort in Palm Beach. They tell a different story of the Depression, to be sure. The FSA wasn't much into direct contrast, unfortunately, so these didn't circulate much. But they are a few of my secret favorites.
image credits: David Walter Banks for NYT (top);Marion Post, FSA