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“.  Read more

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

Read more