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The following images were made by Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information photographers during World War II and are part of the famous FSA photography series that I have written about here. The color photographs--which were made in the first decade or so of the use of this new medium--represented only about 1,600 of the collection of 160,000 images in the FSA archive, and are far less known than their black-and-white complements, many of which are new iconic symbols for this period. The color images are beautiful works, and somehow seem to bring these historic images a little closer to the present.
A cross roads store, bar, "juke joint," and gas station in the cotton plantation area, Melrose, La. Wolcott, Marion Post, 1910-1990, photographer, made in June 1940.
Natchez, Miss. Wolcott, Marion Post, 1910-1990, photographer.
A store with live fish for sale, vicinity of Natchitoches, La. Wolcott, Marion Post, 1910-1990, photographer, July 1940.
Living quarters and "juke joint" for migratory workers, a slack season; Belle Glade, Fla. Wolcott, Marion Post, 1910-1990, photographer, February, 1941.