COLORFUL PAST--These vivid color photos from the Great Depression and World War II capture an era generally seen only in black-and-white. Photographers working for the U.S. Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created the images between 1939-44.
The images in this blog are from the Library of Congress and are in public domain, which means you and I own them.
What is remarkable is being able to see hometowns sights in color for the first time. At first, the images come across as plain until you realize this is probably the first time you’ve seen Lincoln, Nebraska (et al) in full color.
Several are remarkable proving that truly inspired and executed art knows no boundaries, including time.
--Costilla, New Mexico home, July 1940 by Lee Russell
--Young Boy, Cincinnati, Ohio by John Vachon
--Commuters, Lowell, Mass., Jan. 1941 by Jack Delano
--Cross roads store “Juke Joint” and gas station, Melrose, Louisiana June 1940 by Marion Post Wolcott.
--Victorian House next to Fruit Stand, Houston, Texas, May 1943 by John Vachon
For more information about the Library of Congress collection
visit: www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/f sac/