The 1930s-40s in full colour

We usually think of the Great Depression and World War II in black and white, so this collection of colour snaps by the Library of Congress really warrants a good flip-through. Lush and sparse at the same time, these slices of everyday life originally came in the form of colour transparencies ranging in size from 35 mm to 4” x 5”. They were captured by photographers working for the US government’s Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information departments.

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