Before the war, in living color

Train Really enjoyed this big set of large, color photographs on the Denver Post site. They were taken 1939-1943 by the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information.

It’s such a revelation to see the color of the clothes on farm workers (#9) or kids (#20), of signs on juke joints (#38) or posters on school rooms (#69). I liked the bright yellow airplane (#60) and the vivid red caboose (#50).

However, I was drawn to these photos, somehow more powerful for being in color though there’s hardly any there.

Go see the whole collection and try to remember that the world didn’t really look like back-and-white photos then, as beautiful as those are.

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