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Friday, July 17, 2015

Bits of Bliss–In Color

This semester I have been taking two classes on Women in History. This past week our instructor shared with us a website that featured rare color photographs taken in America  between 1939-1943. Here are a few of my favorites.

Children stage a patriotic demonstration. Southington, Connecticut, May 1942. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Fenno Jacobs. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Color America

Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in their rest room, Chicago and Northwest Railway Company. Clinton, Iowa, April 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Color America

Boys fishing in a bayou. Schriever, Louisiana, June 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Color America

Going to town on Saturday afternoon. Greene County, Georgia, May 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Color America

Backstage at the "girlie" show at the state fair. Rutland, Vermont, September 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Color America

Jack Whinery, homesteader, and his family. Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Color America

Although the abject poverty was difficult to view I enjoyed all the colorful dress prints and glimpsing a moment in history of people with their families. You can several more images HERE.

Enjoy the weekend!

Laura

 

14 comments :

Christine said...

I appreciate you sharing your knowledge (schooling) with us.
These are historical pictures.

Vel Criste said...

This is wonderful Laura, I love the color in the photos, makes it all REAL to me! Thanks for sharing these and the site!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Sometimes pictures like these make me wish I lived back then but then I know it was not always a simpler time! Great photos!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

So very interesting and I appreciate you sharing the pictures. How nice to take up women's history. Lots of impact and very interesting facts. Thanks for your visit. Have a fabulous weekend.

Linda said...

What a fascinating post, Laura, and the photos are wonderful!

Linda said...

What a fascinating post, Laura, and the photos are wonderful!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...
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Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I love seeing old photos and that boys on the bayou is quite amazing ...the color and light; just gorgeous.

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Maureen Wyatt said...

The boys on the bayou is a beautiful picture!

GSGreatEscaper said...

The boys on the bayou could be straight out of Winslow Homer!

Karena Albert said...

Laura these photos are truly priceless!
xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

lynn cockrell said...

I very much enjoyed this post, Laura. Did you happen to notice that in the photo of the women on rest break, the woman wearing the red bandana scarf seemed to look cheerful and feminine, in spite of the obviously tough work she was involved in. It appears that her nails are manicured complete with polish that matches her scarf. Across from her, in contrast, the lady's hands across from her appear to have been shoveling coal. The picture of the family in the mule drawn wagon could have been a scene in front of our home when I was growing up in the fifties. Our road was, however, dirt (red Georgia clay and sand). Our African-American neighbors and friends owned a wagon and mule like the one in the picture. Sweet Mr. "John" would leave the back of the wagon open because he knew my brother and I would be outside playing and we would run to the back of the wagon and hitch a little ride! Granted, I am getting on in years. Still, I consider it a blessing to have this and so many other memories of times when life was difficult in some ways, yet so much less complicated and simple in others. Thanks for sharing, Laura!

The Boston Lady said...

How special these pictures are! Thanks for sharing them. Ann