Tuesday, October 19, 2010


A few days ago I wrote a post that included turn-of-the-twentieth-century colored photos by Russian artist Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. Upon viewing these, a long time friend of mine, Seth Wood, enlightened me of a similar photo archive.
The following are some of my favorite color images (though it was so hard to choose) from the collection that depicts the various effects of the Depression on America's rural and small town populations.
(circa 1930s and 1940s)
The intensity of the photos brings to life a new sense of reality to an era that has long since passed.
Thank you, Seth, for sharing!

note: camaraderie.

^ note: innocence.

^ note: simplicity.

^ note: timelessness.

^ note: prices.

^ note: facial expressions (particularly that of the woman).

note: camaraderie.
(Be sure to browse through the collection in its entirety by clicking here.)


  1. I've seen these before - it's always hard to make myself believe that they're real, not from a movie or just posed or something. I sometimes forget that the "olden times" were not lived out in black and white.

  2. April, you took the words right out of my mouth. I have that same mental affliction when thinking of "olden times." They were at least lived out in sepia tones, right?!?

  3. I really like this one,