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America in Color from 1939-1943

These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

Photos: Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Quoted Text:

I stumbled upon these photographs the other day. Everything in the from the 1940′s and earlier has always been so black and white for me. It’s really quite startling to see photos from this era in color.

This is the Americana that some of today’s street and high fashion are so nostalgic for. It’s nice to view the original clothing in a context that makes some sense and not priced in the triple digits in polished boutiques. On the other hand, it’s really weird to see these people in poverty and think, “Hey, that’s a really great outfit.”

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