The Depression in Color

This collection of photos, originally posted by The Denver Post have made the rounds on the internet late last year, but I wanted to share a specific few in the here and now. It is so rare to see color film from the 1930s and early 1940s, even rarer still that ordinary working folk and homesteaders were chosen as subjects for these photographs.

Recently, the lovely Lauren of Dear Golden wrote about how she wishes that films from the 1930s were in color so she could see the costumes as they really were. I know what she means – the only color films from that time that immediately come to my mind are Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz – both came out in 1939 but neither actually took place in the thirties. In this series of photographs, the dream to see life as it was in full color comes partially true, however most of the outfits are not movie star fancy.
The Depression was a tough time for all sorts of reasons. People added color to their lives when they could afford to. Fiesta ware was started during this time, to bring some cheer into homes.
This is only a small sample of the collection. I highly suggest you visit the Post’s website on your own time and see more of it for yourself. I did some cropping so that close ups of the outfits could be better seen.  All photo credits are given over there as well.
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