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Features by Middle Class Photo Project

Michael R. Royce, Concord, N.H.

When I purchased this classic 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, I was doing very well as a computer software developer with over 20 years experience.

NOW, I have been a school janitor for over 8 years because I can not find a job in the computer industry.

There has been much news over the years of employers not being able to find very highly skilled qualified workers in the computer industry. Employers have testified for the need to bring in HB1 foreign workers. Not true at all! Hundreds of thousands of us very qualified US workers can not find "real jobs" and thus our American economy continues to spin downward.

Lisa Matlock, Homer, Ark.

My husband and I are both constitutionally and financially incapable of paying anyone to fix or build what we need fixed or built. Even after being half emptied prior to an impending move for job reasons, this garage represents the middle class and those of us who have to work for and on everything we own.

Giovanni Basque, Columbia, S.C.

The middle class proportionally pays the most tax and reaps the least reward. We have become prisoners to our careers and lifestyles. We often think we are accomplishing something until we wake up one day and realize the delusion that the treadmill of middle class America has painted on our psyche.

Joy Stoddard, Orchard Park, N.Y

I believe being middle class means having a garage sale and being excited about making $40. This is my friend Becky and me, showing off our "big earnings" after a sale we had at her place in Buffalo, NY. I believe being middle class means you don't ever have a brand new car. In fact for us, it usually means never having owned a car in the same decade that we're living in. Being middle class means only have one bathroom in our house. Being middle class means sharing a bedroom with at least one sibling. Being middle class means spending two full summers painting your own house. These are just a few of the things that I believe represent our financial "place" in society.

Joy Stoddard, Orchard Park, N.Y

I believe being middle class means having a garage sale and being excited about making $40. This is my friend Becky and me, showing off our "big earnings" after a sale we had at her place in Buffalo, NY. I believe being middle class means you don't ever have a brand new car. In fact for us, it usually means never having owned a car in the same decade that we're living in. Being middle class means only have one bathroom in our house. Being middle class means sharing a bedroom with at least one sibling. Being middle class means spending two full summers painting your own house. These are just a few of the things that I believe represent our financial "place" in society.

Leonard Curry, Petersburg, Va.

This is a photo of my house, which is assessed for tax purposes at $267,000. It is an old house built in the 1920s.

Robert Gladden, Los Angeles, Calif.

I love to take pictures. this is 3 generations of our family in the front of our house on a very typical get-together. it says a little & a lot about our life & times. We are happy, content & dealing w/ everything other families, black, white, latino, asian & others are dealing with.
Middle class is good (& a challenge) all at the same time.

Rebecca Morrison, Pukalani, Hawaii

This boy and his family, running a stall at the farmer's market, represent entrepreneurship and middle class aspirations to me. I didn't ask the boy his name, but I asked where he went to school, and he named a local private school. I took the photo in Pukalani, Upcountry Maui, in November 2011.

Debra Stewart, Naselle, Wash.

This is brunch at Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukee, OR. It is about as middle class as you can get. Our son took us here, or we wouldn't have been able to go.

Karen Napier, Huntsville, Ala.

This is a picture of a mother-daughter pedicure. (I'm the mom.) I chose it because it represents small splurges the middle class can afford.

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