The Depression and World War II have always held a bit of fascination with me. I’m thinking that more than likely it’s because I spent a lot of time around my grandmother and her friends and family. Some of my fondest memories of her were the times when she and her girlfriends and cousins would all sit around and tell stories from during the War. Let me just say, they knew how to have fun, even while working hard in the factories.
Imagine my surprise when I saw that the Library of Congress has added some photos from the 30’s and 40’s up on Flickr! They’re color photos no less. It’s amazing how pure and clear those images are. I love looking at photos of women from that era. The circus photos are pretty cool too – then again, I read Water for Elephants not all that long ago, so this was neat in that it supplied still more photos to go along with that story.
Some of my favorites (though with 1500 or so photos, it will take me a while to get through all of them):
Backstage at the Girlie Show
Going to Town on a Sunday Afternoon
Migratory Workers Outside a “Juke Joint”
Woman Putting on Lipstick
A Girl Riveting Machine Operator
They also have a set up from News in the 1910’s, but for me, that just doesn’t peak my interest as much.
what a cool post! what a cool collection of historic images now on flickr! WOW. thanks for the visit to my blog today too… 🙂 Make a Wish, Make it Happen…
Thank-you for offering this link to such amazing photos.
I too have a fascination with this time.
I can’t wait to spend some time looking through them all.
The fashion, the hair… there’s something to be said for a put-together woman, no?
startupprincess – Those photos are just amazing, aren’t they?
isabel – I haven’t taken the time to go back to look through them yet, but I made sure to sign up to be alerted should the LOC add any more photos to the project. I just love me some Flickr.
Jaclyn – I think it is all about the hair and the fashion. As a yoga pants wearing, ponytailer I can’t even begin to imagine looking so put together all the time.