Bound for Glory: America in Color 1939 – 1943

These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.


Grand Grocery Company. Lincoln, Nebraska, 1942. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by John Vachon.


Saying grace before the barbeque dinner at the New Mexico Fair. Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee.

This is probably more folks than live in Pie Town, today.


Woman is working on a “Vengeance” dive bomber Tennessee, February 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Alfred T. Palmer.

No doubt that MEN ONLY and WHITE ONLY returned to much of the American workplace after war’s end.

A fabulous collection of photos. A true discovery. Thanks to the Denver POST for archiving them. The Library of Congress for the discovery and transferring to prints. Wander through the collection – there are dozens of prints.

Thanks, Ursarodinia

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