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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Behold: A New Deal photographer’s somber images of San Marcos during the Great Depression

As the decade drew to a close, Hays County families were still in the Great Depression’s tight grip. In 1939 and 1940, prolific documentary photographer Russell Werner Lee passed through San Marcos during a tour of Texas and the U.S. Southwest. Here’s what he — and his camera — saw.