Starting in 1935, photographers working with the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information scoured the United States, hoping to capture the realities of American life. The photographers took 175,000 black-and-white images, many of them iconic photographs of American history.
Nestled within this larger collection, however, is a smaller but in some ways more dramatic set of color images, which photographers started snapping in 1939. According to the Library of Congress, these original-color images “focus on rural areas and farm labor, as well as aspects of World War II mobilization, including factories, railroads, aviation training, and women working.”
The Library has posted some of the images to Flickr, which is a bit easier to navigate than their own site. They’re asking users to comment and add details if they happen to know anything about the people or scenes captured in the photographs.
(Hat tip to Douglas Main)