Long line of people waiting to buy bread in Ukraine
- Williams, Whiting, 1878-1975, Photographer
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- Newspaper illustrations
- The original photo that provided the basis for the significantly cropped version appearing in Answers is not in the Williams archives, unfortunately; therefore we lack not only a complete captured image, but also any possible annotations that Williams may have made on the back of the photo. We are left with a rather indistinct newsprint quality reproduction of a long line of people of all ages, without the visual context of the immediate surroundings and no information about the city or town in which this photo was taken.
Nonetheless, both in the article and in Williams’ diary notes, we read that such lines were present everywhere he visited in Ukraine during his 2 week visit. The caption in the article also makes clear that not everyone is entitled to a bread ration. People could only obtain an allocation of food products in certain distribution centers according to the limits prescribed in their ration cards. The cards were issued based on one’s government assigned rank in the proletariat (non rural workers) and to approved urban residents. Rural residents were not allowed ration cards at all. A ration card did not guarantee that the food would be available, however.
- Photo taken August, 1933.
The original photo is now missing. However, it was edited and published with the second of 2 articles by Whiting Williams in a London weekly titled Answers: Williams, Whiting. “Why Russia is Hungry,” March 3, 1934, p.3.
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The published version is shown here.
- Caption under photo in Answers: “Even those who are still at work in Russia, and who, therefore, are entitled to a ration of bread, have to wait – sometimes for hours – in long queues before they can get it.”
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- Whiting Williams
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- Williams, Whiting. “Why Russia is Hungry,” Answers (weekly). London, March 3, 1934, p.3. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3634148/data
- Location of Original
- [Container 1, Folder 9 ] PG 89 Whiting Williams Photographs, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH.
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- Reproduced by contractual agreement with the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH.