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Farms of America in color 1939-1943

By: Lea Holland on Jan. 13, 2011, 5:10 a.m.
A farmer in a large cart drives crates of peaches through an orchard

Photo: Russell Lee/Farm Security Administration/Office of War/Library of Congress [CC by 1.0]

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Life on the farm

The photo show, "Bound for Glory: America in Color" displays 70 digital prints made from color transparencies taken between 1939 and 1943. The portraits capture the effects of the Depression on the country's rural and small-town populations, as well as America's economic recovery and industrial growth, and the mobilization for World War II.

The photos not only document life in America, but also the development of a new era — the Kodachrome era. The exhibition showed a vibrant, color world which typically had been viewed only through black-and-white images.