Incredible Color Photographs of Depression-Era America
"Captured" is the title of the Denver Post's collection of 70 color photographs of everyday Americans from 1939 to 1943. It's a look at a pivotal time in American history, with nationwide financial devastation and the specter of a global war.
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.
For those of us too young to have actually experienced this era, it's fairly jarring to see these images in color; the Depression-era images in my mind's eye are a mostly gray collage culled from Steinbeck book covers and grainy bits of stock video. Not that there's any less value to the black-and-white images, but these photos manage to collapse the distance between then and now.