Sunday, August 31, 2014

America in Colour, 1939-43

What colour was America (and Canada) in the 1940s?

On the one hand, the question seems obvious--colour is colour, after all. But few colour photos from that era actually exist; it's hard for those who model that period to know what it really looked like.

What colour were the bricks? The wood sides of buildings? The signs? Railroad cars and locomotives?

But a new collection of colour photos of the U.S. from 1939-43 has been posted on the Web. Taken by photographers working for the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, they are some of the only photos of small-town America during the depression and early war years.

Click here to see more of those photos.

These photos are a great addition to those taken by Charles W. Cushman, an amateur photographer who took colour photos of America in the 1940s-60s. Click here to learn more about his collection and see some photos.

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