The Library of Congress has a huge archive of historic photographs. Some of these, ranging from the 1930s to 1940s, have now been put on Flickr. The amazing thing about these is that they’re exclusively color transparencies–some of the first ever shot. They were taken by photographers working for the United States Farm Security Administration, and show scenes from daily life in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. They’re focused on rural areas and farm labor, as well as aspects of World War II mobilization, including factories, railroads, aviation training, and women working. The original transparencies range in size from 35mm to 4×5″ large format, and it’s especially the latter that will make your jaw drop.
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