Post-Depression Rural America in Rare Color Photos

These expressive photos thought to be taken during the Post Depression Era and World War II are rare color photos taken by photographers working for the United States Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information.

These pictures mostly depict life outside the metropolitan areas, focusing on farms, factories, military training and women labor.

Corpus Christi, Texas(Source: US Library of Congress)Answering the nation's need for womanpower, Mrs. Virginia Davis made arrangement for the care of her two children during the day and joined her husband at work in the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Pie Town, New Mexico(Source: US Library of Congress)School children singing, Pie Town, New Mexico 1940 Oct.
Pie Town, New Mexico(Source: US Library of Congress)Jack Whinery, homesteader, and his family, Pie Town, New Mexico
Proviso Yard, Chicago(Source: US Library of Congress)General view of a classification yard at C & NW RR's Proviso yard, Chicago, Ill.
Smokestacks(Source: US Library of Congress)Smokestack 1942
Coca Cola(Source: US Library of Congress)Photograph shows store or cafe with soft drink signs. Diamond-shaped sign: Fresh Orange-Crush"; above it: Relax and enjoy Royal Crown Cola.
Day laborers(Source: US Library of Congress)Day laborers cultivating the land, near Clarksdale, Miss. 1939 Nov.