Vintage: Moving Day (early 20th Century)

Vintage: Moving Day (early 20th Century)


For our parents and grandparents, some things were so much harder. Yet, other things were easier because they were less complicated. Moving day is never easy for anyone, but these old photos show us what it was like to move for past generations.

Sometimes they were lucky enough to have a box for everything, but often wagons of trucks were loaded up with belongings packed high, cushioned with blankets. It was common to see beds, chairs, pots, and pans all sticking out from the back. As long as it didn’t fall off, it was probably just fine!

Moving Coolidge effects, 1927.

Moving Coolidge effects, 1927. Image: Library of Congress

Southeast Missouri Farms. Moving to new farm unit, 1938.

Southeast Missouri Farms. Moving to new farm unit, 1938. Image: Library of Congress

Truckload of belongings of farmer moving, Chicot County, Arkansas, 1939.

Truckload of belongings of farmer moving, Chicot County, Arkansas, 1939. Image: Library of Congress

Moving day in the turpentine pine forest country. North Florida, 1936.

Moving day in the turpentine pine forest country. North Florida, 1936. Image: Library of Congress

Household goods of family moving into Newport News Housing Project, Virginia, 1937.

Household goods of family moving into Newport News Housing Project, Virginia, 1937. Image: Library of Congress

Household goods of family moving into Newport News Housing Project, Virginia, 1937.

Household goods of family moving into Newport News Housing Project, Virginia, 1937. Image: Library of Congress

Tenant farmer moving his household goods to a new farm. Hamilton County, Tennessee, 1937.

Tenant farmer moving his household goods to a new farm. Hamilton County, Tennessee, 1937. Image: Library of Congress

Wilson moving, 1921.

Wilson moving, 1921. Image: Library of Congress

Household moving, Berlin, 1908.

Household moving, Berlin, 1908. Image: Library of Congress

 Household moving, Berlin, 1909.

Household moving, Berlin, 1909. Image: Library of Congress

Wilson moving, 1921.

Wilson moving, 1921. Image: Library of Congress

Negro family moving, Opelousas, Louisiana, 1938.

Negro family moving, Opelousas, Louisiana, 1938. Image: Library of Congress

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