Monday, August 09, 2010

Rare color photos of the Depression and WW II-era America


You might have seen this Huffington Post slideshow of 25 rare color photos from the Great Depression and World War II era.

If you haven't already, check them out and then head on over to the Library of Congress' slideshow where you'll find more than 1600 images from their full collection of Depression and WW II-era color photos (Hat tip: Campaign for Liberty).

Seeing these images of late 1930s and early 1940s America in color seems to bring this period to life a bit more for modern viewers. The color images capture fragments of daily life across the USA, and the posed photos of farmers and homesteaders in this later period seem less bleak and dramatic than the stark black and white images of Depression era hardship that we're most familiar with.

How do these newly released images shape your view of WW II-era (and late/post-Depression) America?