1940’s Colors…

When I think of the 1940’s my mind’s eye memories are of my Grandfather’s complete collection of Life Magazines loaded with black and white pictures. As a child I remember reading them in great detail, with my siblings, as we retrieved them from huge boxes in the barn on his Grass Valley California Ranch. With morbid fascination we read and perused the black and white pictures of World War Two. 

I also remember the day my Father set the magazine’s to a bonfire in response to us spending our vacation time reading about the London Blitz, Iwo Jima and the liberation of the death camps….and the resultant poison Oak reactions from the smoke of the fire.

I find it fascinating to re-visit that era via color photos, as released by the Library of Congress to a flicker site.

“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 United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created the images between 1939 and 1944.

We invite your tags and comments! Also, more identification information. (The current titles come from the agency’s original documentation, which was sometimes incomplete.)

The FSA/OWI pictures depict life in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with a focus on rural areas and farm labor, as well as aspects of World War II mobilization, including factories, railroads, aviation training, and women working.

The original images are color transparencies ranging in size from 35 mm. to 4×5 inches. They complement the better-known black-and-white FSA/OWI photographs, made during the same

The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division preserves
the original photographs and offers the digital copies to ensure their wide availability.”




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