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 1940 and 1944.
The FSA/OWI pictures depict life in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with a focus on rural areas and farm labor, as well as aspects of World War II mobilization, including factories, railroads, aviation training, and women working.
Below you will find a small selection of images from this incredible gallery by the Library of Congress. The Sifter encourages you to check out their awesome Flickr page with tens of thousands of incredible historic photographs. Enjoy!
Illinois Central Railroad Freight Terminal, Chicago – April, 1943
Houston, Texas – May, 1943
Hump Master in Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Yard – December, 1942