Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In living color

Jack Whinery, homesteader, and his family, Pie Town, New Mexico (LOC)

Homesteaders, Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940

These full color photographs of the 1930's and 40's pulled from the Library of Congress Flickr page offer an incredible view of the past. The fabrics, the signs, everything comes alive. I love them.

And the few below are just scratching the surface. Well worth taking a look yourself.

At the Vermont state fair, Rutland (LOC)

At the Vermont State Fair, September 1941

[Children with adult in the tenement district, Brockton, Massachusetts] (LOC)

Tenement District, Brockton Massachusetts, December 1940

"Backstage" at the "girlie" show at the Vermont state fair, Rutland (LOC)

Girly Show Performers at the Vermont State Fair, September 1941

Bayou Bourbeau plantation, a Farm Security Administration cooperative, vicinity of Natchitoches, La. Three Negro children sitting on the porch of a house (LOC)

Bayou Bourbeau Plantation Louisiana, August 1940

A cross roads store, bar, "juke joint," and gas station in the cotton plantation area, Melrose, La. (LOC)

Juke Joint, Melrose, LA, June 1940

Southern U.S., Mississippi? (LOC)

Mississippi circa 1940

Chopping cotton on rented land near White Plains, Greene County, Ga. (LOC)

Chopping cotton, Georgia, June 1941

Distributing surplus commodities, St. Johns, Ariz. (LOC)

Distributing commodities, Arizona, October 1940

Young woman at the community laundry on Saturday afternoon, FSA ... camp, Robstown, Tex. (LOC)

Community laundry, Texas, January 1942

Boy building a model airplane while other children look on, FSA labor camp, Robstown, Tex. (LOC)

Children in an FSA Labor Camp, Texas, January 1942

Scene at square dance in rural home in McIntosh County, Oklahoma (LOC)

Square dance, Oklahoma, 1939 or 1940

Faro and Doris Caudill, homesteaders, Pie Town, New Mexico (LOC)

Farmers, Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940

Mrs. Bill Stagg with state quilt which she made, Pie Town, New Mexico (LOC)

Quilter, Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940

Cutting the pies and cakes at the barbeque dinner, Pie Town, New Mexico Fair (LOC)

Dessert Table, Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940

Welder at the C & NW RR locomotive shops, 40th Street shops, Chicago, Ill. (LOC)

Welder, Chicago, December 1942

Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight with a personal vengeance, Corpus Christi, Texas. Mrs. Virginia Young (right) whose husband was one of the first casualties of World War II, is a supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Depa

Pearl Harbor widows at work in Corpus Christi Texas, August 1942

Dr. Schreiber of San Augustine giving a typhoid innoculation at a rural school, San Augustine County, Texas (LOC)

Typhoid vaccine, Texas, April 1943

Worker at carbon black plant, Sunray, Texas (LOC)

Carbon factory worker, Texas 1942

Woman putting on her lipstick in a park with Union Station behind her, Washington, D.C. (LOC)

Woman in front of Union Station, DC 1943