America in Color: Depression-Era Photography

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

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.

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Faro and Doris Caudill, homesteaders. Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940.

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Farm auction. Derby, Connecticut, September 1940.

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Children gathering potatoes on a large farm. Vicinity of Caribou, Aroostook County, Maine, October 1940.

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Headlines posted in street-corner window of newspaper office (Brockton Enterprise). Brockton, Massachusetts, December 1940.

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Children in the tenement district. Brockton, Massachusetts, December 1940.

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Going to town on Saturday afternoon. Greene County, Georgia, May 1941.

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Chopping cotton on rented land near White Plains. White Plains, Greene County, Georgia, June 1941.

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Barker at the grounds at the state fair. Rutland, Vermont, September 1941.

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Backstage at the “girlie” show at the state fair. Rutland, Vermont, September 1941.

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At the Vermont state fair. Rutland, Vermont, September 1941.

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Couples at square dance. McIntosh County, Oklahoma, 1939 or 1940.

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Orchestra at square dance. McIntosh County, Oklahoma, 1939 or 1940.

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Children asleep on bed during square dance. McIntosh County, Oklahoma, 1939 or 1940.

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The Faro Caudill family eating dinner in their dugout. Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940.

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Saying grace before the barbeque dinner at the New Mexico Fair. Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940.

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Homesteader and his children eating barbeque at the New Mexico Fair. Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940.

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Distributing surplus commodities. St. Johns, Arizona, October 1940.

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Boy building a model airplane as girl watches. Robstown, Texas, January 1942.

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A Fourth of July celebration. St. Helena Island, South Carolina, 1939.

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ayou Bourbeau plantation, a Farm Security Administration cooperative. Vicinity of Natchitoches, Louisiana, August 1940.

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Boys fishing in a bayou. Schriever, Louisiana, June 1940.

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A store with live fish for sale. Vicinity of Natchitoches, Louisiana, July 1940.

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Children aiming sticks as guns, lined up against a brick building. Washington, D.C.(?), between 1941 and 1942.

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Shulman’s market, on N at Union Street S.W. Washington, D.C., between 1941 and 1942.

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Mike Evans, a welder, at the rip tracks at Proviso yard of the Chicago and Northwest Railway Company. Chicago, Illinois, April 1943.

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Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in their rest room, Chicago and Northwest Railway Company. Clinton, Iowa, April 1943.

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Children stage a patriotic demonstration. Southington, Connecticut, May 1942.

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At Beecher Street School. Southington, Connecticut, May 1942.

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Shepherd with his horse and dog on Gravelly Range Madison County, Montana, August 1942.

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M-4 tank crews of the United States. Fort Knox, Kentucky, June 1942.

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Woman is working on a “Vengeance” dive bomber Tennessee, February 1943.

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Rural school children. San Augustine County, Texas, April 1943.

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Rural school children. San Augustine County, Texas, April 1943.

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Worker at carbon black plant. Sunray, Texas, 1942.

All reproductions from color slides, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

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