Wandering Youth Imperiled “Scarcely a magazine appears today without pictures of young fellows jumping freight trains, huddled in box cars, cooking Mulligan stew in the jungle...” -Wayne McMillen Publicity Poster for William Wellman’s Wild Boys of the Road (Warner Brothers, 1933)
No “Gold Brickers” or “Pansies” Hoyt, We Can Take It
Illustration detail, Hysterical history of the C.C.C. (Little Rock, AR: Peerless Engraving Co., )
Remasculinizing Unemployed Youth: “We Can Take It” Ray Hoyt, We Can Take It (New York: American Book Co., 1935)
Wholesome homosociality Illustrations from Hoyt, “We Can Take It” (1935)
Bountiful meals and lusty appetites Cover of CCC pamphlet
Newly arrived enrollees at “Camp Roosevelt,” Virginia, 1935:Shown in “poorest physical condition”– To be photographed again later “to show improvement”
The “loosely-clad forestry worker” Hoyt, We Can Take It
Publicity Photo: Civilian Conservation Corps at an experimental farm in Beltsville, Maryland. (Circa 1933)
Publicity Photo: Civilian Conservation Corps at an experimental farm in Beltsville, Maryland
Personal Photo: CCC enrollees from East Orange, New Jersey posing shirtless.
“A great white chain of camps” Harry Rossell, “Spirit of CCC,” 1938.
“…hands hardened to the pick and shovel…” Illustration, Woodsmanship for the CCC (1938)
Photo credit: Errol Lincoln Uys, Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the Move in the Great Depression (Routledge, 2003).