Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Great, Colorful Depression

From The Washington (D.C.) Post:

Library of Congress to Show Rare Photos

The Associated Press
Tuesday, December 13, 2005; 7:18 AM

WASHINGTON -- For those too young to have lived through them, it can feel like the Depression and World War II happened in black and white.

So the brilliance in a trove of rarely seen color photographs of the era are startling: a female railroad worker sports a red kerchief and matching nail polish, a seaside town is framed in a range of blues, factory rows of B-25 bombers sprout like yellow corn.


The Library of Congress holds 1,600 color images covering both periods, and it's exhibiting 70 of them as digital prints at the Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the Capitol, through Jan. 21.

All of the color photos — as well as more than 160,000 black-and-white images of the period — can be viewed on the library's Web site....


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