Retro Photos in the Library of Congress

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Retro Photos in the Library of Congress
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Image from the Library of Congress

Check out the great photos from the 1930s-40s in Color set at the Library of Congress on Flickr.

These vivid color photos from the Great Depression and World War II capture an era generally seen only in black-and-white. Photographers working for the United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created the images between 1939 and 1944.

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Image from the Library of Congress
The project is described on the Library of Congress’ web site.

Photographers working for the U.S. government’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs that depict life in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The pictures focus on rural areas and farm labor, as well as aspects of World War II mobilization, including factories, railroads, aviation training, and women working.

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Image from the Library of Congress

These photos are pretty neat and could be a fun addition to any hacker space or hands on classroom. The files are pretty high res, so they could be blown up nicely, or they could be used as a derivative work. Most, if not all, are legitimately free and have no known copyright restrictions.

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