Key West, 1935

I came across this photo while doing research for our new documentary, Key West: Bohemia in the Tropics. It’s a perfect depiction of the shotgun marriage between government and the arts that saved Key West during the Great Depression. That’s Harry Hopkins, Roosevelt advisor and head of the WPA, smiling in the dark suit, and behind him Julius Stone, Florida director of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. In the winter of 1934-35, as part of a government plan to save the bankrupt island city, WPA artists staged a production of the Pirates of Penzance. Here, they get together to thank their government patrons after performing for them.

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