Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bound for Glory: America in Color, 1939-1943

Farm auction, Derby, Connecticut, September, 1940.


Exactly one month ago, a longtime New York reader-buddy (though we’ve never met in the flesh) sent me this incredible Library of Congress collection, i.e., it’s the people’s property, which the Denver Post had been kind enough to post online.

The DP intro reads,

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.

Actually, there is one glaring error in that intro: Nothing is “the property of the Library of Congress.” The Library of Congress holds, protects, and maintains the property of the American people.

The collection contains 70 images, or at least 70 have been posted on line, though one fails to load. I’ll re-publish a few at a time, for your education and edification.

Some of the DP captions were clearly re-written, to conform to multicultural ideology, e.g., changing “Negro” to “African American.”

All of the shots in this installment were taken by Jack Delano.

My buddy wrote,

This brings back a time when hard work made this country great.
View only when you have time to really enjoy the pictures.

Stonington, Connecticut, November, 1940.

Outside a starch factory, Arostook County, Maine, October, 1940.

A large farm, in the vicinity of Caribou, Arostook County, Maine, October, 1940.

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