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Times of Sorrow and Hope

About the Book

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School child waiting for a bus in the rain. Lancaster, November 1942. Marjory Collins.

In May 2003, the Pennsylvania State University Press published a book entitled Times of Sorrow and Hope: Documenting Everyday Life in Pennsylvania During the Depression and World War II: A Photographic Record, by Allen Cohen and Ronald L. Filippelli, with a Foreword by Miles Orvell. This book, part of the Press’s Keystone Series, features 150 selected images from the approximately 6,000 Pennsylvania photographs. The images cover themes ranging from coal mining, steelworkers, and women in wartime industries to cities and small towns, farm life, family life, and life among the Amish and Mennonites. The book also includes an essay introducing the FSA-OWI project, an introduction to the catalog of the entire collection of Pennsylvania photographs, and a historical essay on Pennsylvania during the Great Depression and World War II.

About the Authors

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Passengers in the waiting room of the Greyhound bus terminal. Pittsburgh, September 1943. Esther Bubley.

Allen Cohen is a retired librarian from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a bibliographer, and a film historian whose most recent book is a co-authored work, John Huston: A Guide to References and Resources (1997).


Ronald L. Filippelli is Professor of Labor Studies and Industrial Relations as well as the Associate Dean for Administration and Undergraduate Studies at Penn State. His most recent book is a co-authored work, Cold War in the Working Class: The Rise and Decline of the United Electrical Workers (1995), and he has been a frequent reviewer for The International Journal of the History of Photography.