Rare Color Photographs from Depression-Era America

We’ve all seen many photographs of Depression-era and World War II-era America, but we’re used to seeing them in black and white — the dominant medium at the time. These incredible photographs, which we spotted over at the International Business Times, were taken between 1939 and 1944 by photographers working for the United States Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information, and depict rural America (including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) and give glimpses of the war effort. There is something unnerving about seeing these photographs in color — as if that time wasn’t so far off from our own after all. Click through to look at some of our favorites, and if you can’t get enough of history in color, head over to the Times for even more.

Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies