This week, the photo blog of the Denver Post posted a remarkable set of photos here by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, taken in the late Thirties and early Forties. Apparently, they are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations, and of an America slowly pulling herself out of the Depression with the arrival of war. They range all across the country and provide a vivid window into ordinary people living their lives and struggling on. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.
There are seventy pics and you should check ’em all out. (Hat tip for the tip to JFP)
There are many great images here but one of my favorites is the one below, of a crossroads juke joint in Louisiana. Can’t you just see Robert Johnson or Son House walking down that dusty road, dirty boots, guitar slung across his back, Highway Chile….?