A middle-aged man standing in the sun seems to be caught off guard while going to his destination. He is wearing a finely tailored three-piece suit, with his overcoat hung over his right hand. He is also wearing a cap and black glasses as he stands in front of a house covered with ivy, assumed to be in California. Paneled windows peer into the basement, and flowers decorate the stairway leading to the main entrance. A striped awning is also placed over the windows on the first floor, and the many quaint details of the house add to its charming appearance.
The early decades of the 1900s showed the growth of the country's economy. During these years, the United States started to be recognized as an economic leader due to its industrialization and the technological advancements in different fields such as transportation and communication. The participation of the country in several wars greatly affected the lives of the people, especially with its involvement in the first and second world wars.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.
The way this man stands is a great representation of the general direction that the country was taking during that time. By giving priority in economic development and building communication and transportation lines, this year marked the start of interconnectivity of different states that lead to faster trades and market exchanges. This photograph conveys the bright path the country took toward becoming one of the world's superpower.
The road that the country took to become a world leader wasn't easy. Read up the following to understand: People in History, US History Timeline.