I have always been fascinated by old photographs. Over the years I have spent hours poring over pictures saved by my grandparents, the tokens of their youth. Most of them are in grainy black and white leaving me to wonder about the exact shade of my grandmother’s hair as a teenager, the color of a dress, or the tones of an old Ford truck.
There’s a lot to be said about what is left to the imagination by an old black and white photo. They possess their own simple charm, but when I stumbled across a set of photographs collected by the Library of Congress from the 1940s, I found myself wishing more of those old memories were in color.
The images were taken by photographers employed by the Farm Security Administration and later the Office of War Information and they are a rare depiction of a world in vivid color typically seen only in black and white.
Of particular interest to me were the pictures of the children of the era. Shown in soiled clothing, in the fields of labor camps, in rural one-room schools, and even receiving vaccinations, the photographs are a must-see.
Have a look:
For the complete collection visit the Library of Congress on Flickr.