|Well, that IS one way to remember the number. "Unemployed lumber worker[Thomas Cave] goes with his wife to the bean harvest. Note social security number tattooed on his arm. Oregon." Dorothea Lange, Safety Film Negative (digital file from original neg), 1939, West Stayton, Marion County, Oregon, Library of Congress: Photos, Prints, Drawings (http://www.loc.gov/item/fsa2000004443/PP/ : accessed 20 Aug 2015).|
I've been enjoying the new release of the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 on Ancestry.com, which I first mentioned here. Besides finding out more maiden names, I can trace the occasional woman once she married, and have also been able to add more specific places of birth for many more people. This page on the history of Social Security is worth a look.
Okay, the above photo was just gratuitous***. As far as I know I have no connection to him. I just came across it while looking through early photos concerning the beginning of Social Security.
|I'm not the only one keeping an eye out for handsome gents, as this helpful note from 2011 shows. (screenshot from Thomas Cave's Social Security Index record on Ancestry)|
I could have bored you with images like this, showing the intense organization of the program:
***Shorpy ("Always Something Interesting") has a great post on this picture, and the background on the couple in the photo, here.
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