As you know, some of the more creative ways FDR tried to get the economy going again were pretty cool.
We’re all familiar with at least some of the work done by photographers under the auspices of the Resettlement Administration, such as Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother.”
Well, there were color photos, too, and they’re all stored at the Library of Congress.
The Washington Post brought some of them to our attention this morning, with this explanation:
A new book by Peter Walther, called “New Deal Photography. USA 1935-1943“ (Taschen, 2016) brings together a comprehensive survey of the work done by the FSA, including that more rarely seen color work. From street scenes to pictures of field laborers and train yards, these images show us what the United States looked like in a bygone era, one rife with economic struggle. Here are a few of the incredible images produced by photographers Marion Post Wolcott, Jack Delano, John Vachon, Fenno Jacobs and Russell Lee.
Be sure to go check them out.
The “Rosie the Riveter” photo above was to me the most striking of the lot. It’s just so perfect — the women’s work clothes being right out of a poster — it seems staged. But I don’t think it was…
This one was also pretty awesome…
The one of the school boys in Texas, the Eagle Fruit Store, and the Chicago train yard.
Good job. We’ll hold off on the coup d’etat for now…but don’t push your luck.