Holodomor Digital Collections
Crowd of people waiting for a food distribution center to open at the Dnipro Hydroelectric Dam construction site
Description
Creator
Abbe, James, 1883-1973, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Item Types
Photographs
Book illustrations
Description
We see a crowd gathering in front of a food ration distribution center specifically designated for the dam workers and their families. It is not yet open for business, according to the photographer. The newly completed Dnipro Hydroelectric Dam is in the background.

The building of the Dnipro Hydroelectric Dam, the largest such structure in Europe, was a massive undertaking begun in 1927 that involved tens of thousands of workers. Because of chronic shortages in housing, food, and medical assistance, worker morale tended to be very low and turnover extremely high. Completion of the dam by the end of the first Five Year Plan was the goal, however, regardless of human cost.
In the end, the completion of the dam was a monumental achievement that served to symbolize the USSR as an advancing world industrial power.

For further information on: Availability and access to food in urban and industrial areas, see "Context Note" under Related Features at right.
Notes
Source: James Abbe Archive, No. 1134.
Also published in: Abbe, James. I Photograph Russia. New York: R. M. McBride, 1934, f.p.61.

Inscriptions
Caption on photo: [no caption.]
Caption in I Photograph Russia: "FORBIDDEN. Photographing any queue is taboo, especially a food queue. At his risk and peril, the writer caught this view of a line forming he dare not tell how long before the stores opened."
Date of Original
1932
Subject(s)
Local identifier
PD231
Collection
James Abbe Collection
Geographic Coverage
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Copyright Holder
The James Abbe Archive. https://www.jamesabbe.com/
Recommended Citation
Abbe, James. 1932. [untitled] James Abbe Archive. No. 1134. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3636397/data
Location of Original
The James Abbe Archive. Contact https://www.jamesabbe.com/licensing/ for reproductions from the original.
Reproduction Notes
Reproduced courtesy of The James Abbe Archive.
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Crowd of people waiting for a food distribution center to open at the Dnipro Hydroelectric Dam construction site


We see a crowd gathering in front of a food ration distribution center specifically designated for the dam workers and their families. It is not yet open for business, according to the photographer. The newly completed Dnipro Hydroelectric Dam is in the background.

The building of the Dnipro Hydroelectric Dam, the largest such structure in Europe, was a massive undertaking begun in 1927 that involved tens of thousands of workers. Because of chronic shortages in housing, food, and medical assistance, worker morale tended to be very low and turnover extremely high. Completion of the dam by the end of the first Five Year Plan was the goal, however, regardless of human cost.
In the end, the completion of the dam was a monumental achievement that served to symbolize the USSR as an advancing world industrial power.

For further information on: Availability and access to food in urban and industrial areas, see "Context Note" under Related Features at right.