“America in Color”

If you do nothing else today, check out these color photos from the early 1940s. “Stunning” doesn’t come close to doing them justice.

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.

(Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan)


Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

3 thoughts

  1. Wow, Scott, thanks for posting. Those were some GREAT photos~! A real slice of American history captured on camera. Being the history enthusiast I am, I really enjoyed these, doubly so as my parents grew up during these hard times. Again, Thanks for sharing.

  2. Fascinating. Thanks for posting.

    As a railfan, I especially enjoyed the railroad images, though on #49 &#50, the “rip track” should be RIP track, or Repair In Place.

    A dirtier, harder time than most of us can properly understand.

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