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America in colour: stunning rural photos from 1939-1943

An astonishing selection of colour photographs taken by the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information in rural America during 1939-1943 has been posted online.

Some of the only colour photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations, the collection is the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit ‘Bound for Glory: America in Color.’

The quality of the photos is incredible – some look like they were taken today – and the collection gives a sharp and crisp insight into life sixty years ago – you can almost imagine you’re there.

Grab yourself a coffee, and take time out to glory in the magnificence of the full size collection of 70 photos here.