Color photos of the Depression

Go here for a treasure trove of rare color photos of Depression-era America: Rare Library of Congress colour photographs of the Great Depression | Mail Online.

They are of astonishing vividness.  These here folks are my people:

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Joe

    These are great.

  • Joe

    These are great.

  • SKPeterson

    I agree with Joe. There is also another nifty collection of color prints in this gallery from Russia ca. 1900. Interesting scenes of small villages, churches and infrastructure apres deluge.

  • SKPeterson

    I agree with Joe. There is also another nifty collection of color prints in this gallery from Russia ca. 1900. Interesting scenes of small villages, churches and infrastructure apres deluge.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Yeah, my people, too. My grandfather homesteaded in south Arizona in 1925. I have the land patent signed by Calvin Coolidge.

    Patents can be search and copies downloaded from the Bureau of Land Management:

    http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx

    All you need to know is the name of the person and the state.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Yeah, my people, too. My grandfather homesteaded in south Arizona in 1925. I have the land patent signed by Calvin Coolidge.

    Patents can be search and copies downloaded from the Bureau of Land Management:

    http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx

    All you need to know is the name of the person and the state.

  • DonS

    Wow!

  • DonS

    Wow!

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    SK (@2), you mean these?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    SK (@2), you mean these?

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I’ve seen these pictures before, and yes they are great. Plus the one posted is a home schooled family from New Mexico (where I live) , double-plus great! Too bad the family broke up, though.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I’ve seen these pictures before, and yes they are great. Plus the one posted is a home schooled family from New Mexico (where I live) , double-plus great! Too bad the family broke up, though.

  • Stephen

    If anyone is still paying attention here’s a hot tip:

    Go to the Library of Congress site and you can find a treasure trove of hundreds of these Farm Security images categorized by subject. You can download a TIFF and go have a print made yourself. I’m thinking of making one as a gift for my mom’s sewing room (subject: Sewing, of course).

    Essentially, we own these images. We are American taxpayers.

    A note about these images and what Dr. Veith says about their “astonishing vividness.” He is so very correct. But it has as much to do with the chemical process as it does the subject matter. Now we see practically all images created digitally. Nothing of this quality exists in our vision unless we go to museum or gallery perhaps. It isn’t even so much the “realism” portrayed but the saturation of the color, the chemical and fluid dyes that produced those colors and the light gathering properties of the lenses which we hardly use nowadays while almost all cameras did then. If you have time, spend a little browsing the Library of Congress site. It is a dazzling national treasure. treasures like this are in danger of losing funding all over our country. What is at stake if they do I wonder?

  • Stephen

    If anyone is still paying attention here’s a hot tip:

    Go to the Library of Congress site and you can find a treasure trove of hundreds of these Farm Security images categorized by subject. You can download a TIFF and go have a print made yourself. I’m thinking of making one as a gift for my mom’s sewing room (subject: Sewing, of course).

    Essentially, we own these images. We are American taxpayers.

    A note about these images and what Dr. Veith says about their “astonishing vividness.” He is so very correct. But it has as much to do with the chemical process as it does the subject matter. Now we see practically all images created digitally. Nothing of this quality exists in our vision unless we go to museum or gallery perhaps. It isn’t even so much the “realism” portrayed but the saturation of the color, the chemical and fluid dyes that produced those colors and the light gathering properties of the lenses which we hardly use nowadays while almost all cameras did then. If you have time, spend a little browsing the Library of Congress site. It is a dazzling national treasure. treasures like this are in danger of losing funding all over our country. What is at stake if they do I wonder?


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