Chopping cotton on rented land near White Plains. White Plains, Greene County, Georgia, June 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
Even though this post has nothing to do with the history of Cambridge, it will surely interest history buffs and lovers of photography. These images, some of the only color photographs taken during the Great Depression, are by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information. We are so used to seeing historic photographs from the first half of the twentieth century in black and white, the color really renders a new perspective on the interwar years, in particular the hardships suffered by those during the Great Depression. Please note that the captions are taken from an exhibition of the images by the Library of Congress, titled Bound for Glory: America in Color, held in 2006. All the images are located at the Library of Congress.
To view the images, click here: http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2010/07/26/captured-america-in-color-from-1939-1943/.
**Special thanks to Roger Hecht, Reference Librarian and Classical Music specialist at the CPL for this post.