Vibrant, Professional Color Photos from the 1940’s

Color depression era photo

I have an obsession with lost places: homes, buildings, cities, or events rendered inaccessible by the passage of time.

So I’m in love with this collection of Depression-era photos from the Library of Congress. In lieu of the grainy, sepia-toned images you might expect, these rare photos vibrate with color. As a result, the slices of life, the humble homes, and the earnest faces captivate me all the more.

I would very much like to visit the little carnival depicted here: to drink a cold Coke from a glass bottle, hear the hoarse voice of the barker on the midway, and pay a nickel to take in “Teddy the Wrestling Bear” with the local crowd.

The last photo in this online exhibit — the coal miner — took my breath away. (via BoingBoing)

Mark McElroy

I'm a husband, mystic, writer, media producer, creative director, tinkerer, blogger, reader, gadget lover, and pizza fiend.

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Mark McElroy

I'm a husband, mystic, writer, media producer, creative director, tinkerer, blogger, reader, gadget lover, and pizza fiend.

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