Unearthed Colour Photos From Depression-Era America Show Rare Glimpse At Life

Colour photography's been kicking around since the mid-1800s, but it wasn't until 1935, when Kodak put the first colour-film out, that people started using it. Nonetheless, colour photos from Depression-era America are scant, which is what makes these so wonderful.

The collection of photos was taken between 1939 and 1943 across America, by the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information, and offer a glimpse at the post-war life which hasn't been told much before: in colour.

My favourite, the one above, was shot in Caribou in Maine in October 1940 and features some trucks outside of a starch factory. Others, like the ones I've placed in the gallery below, show cotton-farm workers in Georgia; a family in New Mexico having a bare-bones dinner; and a farm auction in Connecticut, the red of the wagon looking like nothing we've seen from that period before.

What is the oldest colour photo your family has? [Denver Post - Thanks, Richard!]

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