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Rare Colored Photographs of America Coping from 1930s Great Depression

Relive the beautiful memory of America coping from the Great Depression through these colored images.

The Great Depression happened many years ago and people can only relive the memories of it through pictures. But, as the severe worldwide economic depression took place in the 1930s, the photographs stored at the Farm Security Administration are mere black-and-white, worn out, and as old as time.

Fortunately, some of the old snaps we’re published by Taschen in July for the world to see by Peter Walter in his new book, New Deal Photography: USA 1935-1943. These rarely seen snaps were shot and preserved using Kodachrome color film.

Natchitoches, Louisiana, July 1940

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There were over 40 photographers who participated in the FSA documentary photography program, although there are only a small number of shots made with Kodachrome.

San Augustine County, Texas, October 1943

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Source: John Vachon

Kodachrome pioneered in 1935, but in spite of being improved for a lot of years, it remained to be hard to use and expensive. Also, Walters explained that at that time, “there was a reservation regarding color photography” by the artistic and documentary image-creators so, the colored photos were scarce.

Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, Chicago, December 1942

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Source: Jack Delano
Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940

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Source: Russell Lee

“Walker Evans has characterized color photography as ‘garish’ and ‘vulgar,’ although he took color photos as early as 1946. Color photography was not considered an art medium, but a medium of advertising and commerce,” Walther told Slate.

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1942

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Source: John Vachon

The FSA was integrated into the Office of War Information in 1942 and the documentary program lasted until 1944. There were almost 180,000 images from the collections that have been moved to the Library of Congress, these included the 1,600 colored photographs that haven’t been seen by the public until 2004.

White Plains, Greene County, Georgia, June 1941

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Southington, Connecticut, May 1942

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Source: Fenno Jacobs

“Like the widely known black-and-white images, the color images shown here focus on rural life and labor, but their hues undoubtedly subvert our expectations and bring the era a little bit closer to home,” Walther said.

N Street at Union Street S.W., Washington, D.C., 1941

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Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, Clinton, Iowa, April 1943

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Source: Jack Delano

“The people in the photos could be our own grandparents. You can see the color of the clothes they wear. All of this is important information about daily life at the time,” he said.

Vermont State Fair, Rutland, Vermont, September 1941

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Source: Jack Delano

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60 Rare Historical Photos You Definitely Must See!

Learn more about the past from these rare, mind-blowing photographs.

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A photographer can take a picture of an event so momentous or ordinary and preserve it for generations to see. Some photographs are so significant that we see them in history books and newspapers. Such images help us learn about the people, places, and events that played a substantial role in shaping our world.

If we look at those photos, we might find little or no difference from how we visualize those people and places now in our minds. Take, for instance, Mount Rushmore. If asked to imagine what it looks like, we’d probably picture it the way we usually see it in postcards. We'd envision the massive sculpture of four great American Presidents on the face of a mountain. Adolf Hitler would be this austere-looking man with brown hair, brown eyes, and a toothbrush mustache.

But do we even know what that mountain looks like before Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum carved those prominent faces there? Or remember the Berlin wall before people painted colorful graffiti on the barrier?

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10 Shocking Anti-Women’s Rights Propaganda from the 19th Century

The women of the early 20th century had nowhere near as many rights as the modern woman. Back then, women couldn’t vote, they almost always had to stay at home to take care of the kids, and they definitely couldn’t expect to be as independent as men. It’s as if women were only made to clean, cook, and make babies, while the men were free to do whatever they pleased. Anti-women's rights activists were rampant!

We’ve come a long way from those dark days of the past. But every once in a while, when we feel like we’re still not treated as equals in the world of men, it’s good to look back at the anti-women’s rights propaganda that once stood in the way of progress. This is exactly why Catherine H. Palczewski, a professor of women’s and gender studies of the University of Northern Iowa, has been collecting these postcards for the last 15 years.

Here are a couple of downright shocking, offensive, and even laughable anti-women’s rights propaganda from the early 20th century.

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7 Bizzare Incidents of Mass Hysteria in History

From the ‘meowing nuns’ to the ‘laughter outbreak,’ these examples are absolutely the weirdest!

Also known as collective hysteria or group hysteria, mass hysteria is a term used in sociology and psychology which, according to Wikipedia, “transmits collective delusions of threats, whether real or imaginary, through a population in society as a result of rumors and fear.”

Throughout history, there have been numerous examples of mass hysteria, most of which are just plain weird.

For this post, we’ll share with you 7 cases where a society was consumed by strange delusions.

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