America in Color: 1939-1943

Many of you will certainly recognize Migrant Mother photographed by Dorothea Lange during the Great Depression. Lange's photos has, through the years, come to exemplify the pain and strife that affected a large population of the working force in America. Most of the images produced by Lange and other photographers who worked for the Resettlement Administration were produced in black and white. In fact, most of the images (since the invention of photography) that define the history of the United States are in black and white. Many of you may not know that color photography was available as early as 1936 when Kodak produced the first commercially available color film called Kodachrome.

Over the summer the Denver Post displayed a gorgeous collection of photographs on their photography blog Plog that shows a rare and unique glimpse into American history in full glorious color!

[via Plog]: 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.

Scroll through the rest of the images here ------> Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

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