Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of his Works Progress Administration, the WPA sent writers and photographers out to record the USA. They created the American Guide Series, a series of travel guides about America. Saul Bellow, Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty and others participated in this program.
William Yardley writes in the NY Times today that:
Retracing some of the routes of the American Guide Series, with the old books as companions, reveals how much the nation has been reshaped, from the decline of bustling manufacturing towns in New England to the rise of California into a global center.
These days the Depression-era guides are experiencing a resurgence of interest. At the Library of Congress, thousands of photos, manuscripts and audio recordings dealing with the Federal Writers’ Project and the New Deal have just come online. Here preservationists have revisited many of the places in the Washington State guide — a 687-page volume, first published in 1941 — and created an interactive modern-day travel companion.
There are a multitude of ways to enjoy the days.Live like a child today where it is as fun to put the toys back in the box as it is to take them out. In and out. The air doesn't judge where it is in the journey as it hangs out in space and then is somehow chosen to draw into you, look around, and come out.