Fishers at St. John’s harbour, n.d.
Poverty was common among Newfoundland and Labrador fishers during the Great Depression as prices for dried cod tumbled throughout the 1930s. Many became continuously indebted to merchants who loaned them gear, food, and other supplies on credit and took their catch as payment. Some fishers fell into such deep debt that merchants refused to give them any more supplies on credit.
Photographer unknown. Reproduced by permission of the Archives and Manuscripts Division (Coll. 137 03.02.011), Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.