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Vintage Color History August 28, 2010

Filed under: Vintage Photo Friday — twlowenstein @ 8:53 am

I started Vintage Photo Friday a while back but let it slide once I went back to work, along with dinner, laundry and naps.  I miss it.  I think some folks are still trucking with it and I am glad.  I Stumbled Upon these and had to share.


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. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

Barker at the grounds at the state fair. Rutland, Vermont, September 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Backstage at the “girlie” show at the state fair. Rutland, Vermont, September 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

A crossroads store, bar, “juke joint,” and gas station in the cotton plantation area. Melrose, Louisiana, June 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Shulman’s market, on N at Union Street S.W. Washington, D.C., between 1941 and 1942. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Louise Rosskam. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Orchestra at square dance. McIntosh County, Oklahoma, 1939 or 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress


Rural school children. San Augustine County, Texas, April 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by John Vachon. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Link for more photo goodness.

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10 Responses to “Vintage Color History”

  1. Natalie Says:

    These photos are amazing in color and content.

    My friend Ellen (LA is my beat) still posts her vintage photos on Friday. She posted a great one yesterday.

  2. Lia Says:

    Wow. It’s so amazing how different it is to see this time period in color. Sort of feels like they aren’t real. I love them.

  3. Anne Says:

    I love these. The one with the little girl in the red dress!

  4. PaMdora Says:

    Great photos – thanks so much for the link also!

  5. MQuest Says:

    Are you famillure with this guy? http://www.charlesphoenix.com/ He buys old slides and has a history/comedy show based on them. We saw him perform a few years back.

  6. MQuest Says:

    familiar not famillure

  7. Sarah Says:

    These are fantastic! Love them!

  8. Sharon Says:

    Just catching up on your blog – these are incredible – the first color photos of this era/subject I have seen.

  9. urban craft Says:

    wow, these shots are utterly classic. They draw you in and make you feel like you are there!


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