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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rare Depression Era Color Photos Release by Library Congress


Steal of a deal: the Grand Grocery Company in Lincoln, Nebraska, 1942.
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 Distributing surplus commodities in St Johns, Arizona, October 1940


 Servicing an A-20 bomber. Langley Field, Virginia, July 1942

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In the bleak light of the Depression: Rare colour photographs of the era that defined a generation

By Daily Mail Reporter
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May 19, 2011
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It was an era that defined a generation. The Great Depression marked the bitter and abrupt end to the post-World War 1 bubble that left America giddy with promise in the 1920s. Near the end of the 1930s the country was beginning to recover from the crash, but many in small towns and rural areas were still poverty-stricken. These rare photographs are some of the few documenting those iconic years in colour. The photographs and captions are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color. The images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, shed a bleak new light on a world now gone with the wind.


 Farmers planting corn along a river in north-eastern Tennessee, May 1940.

Planting corn along a river. Northeastern Tennessee, May 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
, boys hauling crates of peaches from the orchard to the shipping shed in Delta County, Colorado, September 1940

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