Thursday, January 24, 2008

My parent's America

The Library of Congress has just disgorged a national treasure; a collection of color photos from the 1930s and 1940s. Take some time to see it all.

Lots of stuff for you militaria buffs - but this one caught my eye as the boys in this picture were born about the same year my parents were.
Photographers working for the U.S. government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs that depict life in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The pictures focus on rural areas and farm labor, as well as aspects of World War II mobilization, including factories, railroads, aviation training, and women working.
Also notice the poster on the wall - anything like this in the gov'munt school near you? More here.

Hat tip The Tank.

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