Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943


Recently some spectacular color photos of farm and rural life in the 30’s and 40’s has been circulating around the internet. 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.

A couple of the photographs are from Colorado. Members in Delta County Farm Bureau might recognize the scenery!

Hauling crates of peaches from the orchard to the shipping shed. Delta County, Colorado, September 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Hay stack and automobile of peach pickers. Delta County, Colorado, 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

The Denver Post has the entire gallery posted here.

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