Bransby, David,, photographer. Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies 1942 June

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.

Delano, Jack,, 1914-, photographer.  Illinois Central R.R., freight cars at the South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago, Ill. The C & O and Nickel Plate Railroads lease part of this terminal from the I.C.R.R.  1943 April

Delano, Jack,, 1914-, photographer. Illinois Central R.R., freight cars at the South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago, Ill. The C & O and Nickel Plate Railroads lease part of this terminal from the I.C.R.R. 1943 April

These photos and a huge amount more can be seen in larger sizes by visiting the Library of Congress’s Flickr stream. It’s almost haunting since most photos in this era are typically B&W. Some of the user’s comments are understandably ignorant but tend to make interesting observations.

Delano, Jack,, 1914-, photographer.  At the Vermont state fair, Rutland  1941 Sept.

Delano, Jack,, 1914-, photographer. At the Vermont state fair, Rutland 1941 Sept.

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