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Ebay and the FSA Commemorate Ledyard

The Farm Security Administration wanted to “introduce Americans to Americans” and found a nice family in Ledyard to help.

 

For sale right now on Ebay a picture by renowned American Documentary photographer Jack Delano, which was taken in our very own Ledyard, Conn.
 
According to the seller, historicalfindings, back in the fall of 1940 Mr. Delano came to Ledyard to photograph and document a thanksgiving dinner at the home of Timothy Levi Crouch. The collection of 20 pictures document a day in the life of the Crouch Clan as they gather and celebrate the holiday.
 
DeLano was chronicling rural America for the U.S. Farm Security Administration and the Ledyard Patch came across Delano’s photo essay in 2010 through a website managed by Duane Schultz.

Schultz said in an interview with Patch, that the photos were taken in an area known as Quakertown in Ledyard, which spans along Col. Ledyard Highway from Groton to the Gallup Hill farm, which is approximately two miles.

“This area was inhabited largely by followers of John Rogers Jr. of New London, who broke with the Congregational church there during the 1670s. These ‘Rogerene’ Quakers were not actual Quakers in that they had no connection with the followers of George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends.”

Delano photograhed the holiday with the Crouch family but also documented rural life in Ledyard. The photos now reside with the Library of Congress, but one such photo is for sale on Ebay now.

According to Wikipedia, “the Information Division of the FSA adopted a goal of ‘introducing America to Americans.’ Many of the most famous Depression-era photographers were fostered by the FSA project. Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks were three of the most famous FSA alumni. Jack Delano is another alum who has made a name for himself through his documentary work.

Shelley Jones Williams January 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM
These photos are great! Thanks for sharing.
Michael Dreimiller January 28, 2013 at 02:35 PM
There a some other Ledyard photos on the Library of Congress web site besides the Crouch Thanksgiving photos and the photo for sale on eBay. Many of them have very high quality scans (TIFF up to 2000dpi) available for downloading. You can see them all here [http://is.gd/Khh1Hl]. This is a link to the photo on eBay. [http://is.gd/QDGZ8N]
Steve Eichelberg January 28, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Very interesting. My great Uncle Othy, as he was called. I know the pictures well though I never met the man. Thanks Jessie. And thank-you Duane for your efforts in documenting the family history.
Heather Flack January 28, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Timothy Levi Crouch was my great-grandfather. My grandfather, Jesse Wilcox Sr, his son in-law, my mother Esther and uncle Jesse Jr are in the pictures. When these pictures were taken, the family was no longer living in the Quakertown section of Ledyard. They were living in the farmhouse at present day Coachman Pike/Spout Run in Ledyard. On the FSA website there also pictures taken at the one-room schoolhouse that used to be on the corner of Fanning and Shewville Rd. My mother and uncle are in those pictures as well. My mother, uncle, and the other 3 children in the Thanksgiving pictures are still alive.
Heather Flack January 28, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Steve, I have more pictures of the Crouch family posted on FB. https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.10150099693298290.288516.728168289&type=3
Heather Flack January 28, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Yes, the picture can be downloaded in a couple of different formats from the Library of Congress site.
manish m shah January 30, 2013 at 03:28 AM
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