Kids in the 1940s

The Library of Congress continues to post striking color images from its archives of the United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) and the Office of War Information (OWI), whose photographers created a compelling document of America between 1939 and 1944. For more on the Library’s collection visit

What really caught my eye about these beautiful photos isn’t necessarily the composition, but rather the ephemera and war propaganda that covers the walls in the rural school in San Augustine County, Texas. The photos were taken around the time that my parents were born and it’s curious to read the messages on the posters that say things like: “Schools At War: We Are Ready – What About You?” and “Buy War Bonds“. 

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