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Library of Congress Archive Madness

These images by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information were taken to show the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. They are part of the Library of Congress’ archive, which contains an incredible amount of amazing images and graphics from the last 2 centuries. While this series of photographs is fairly famous, these are some of the lesser known images. The 1930s clothing and styling pictures is not only incredible as a period study, but has been extremely influential in the contemporary dust-bowl, 30s inspired trend. For more picture from the same series featuring vintage denim, check out Stylesight’s Denim Blog.

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Backstage at the “girlie” show at the state fair. Rutland, Vermont, September 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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Distributing surplus commodities. St. Johns, Arizona, October 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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Rural school children. San Augustine County, Texas, April 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by John Vachon. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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Children gathering potatoes on a large farm. Vicinity of Caribou, Aroostook County, Maine, October 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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Orchestra at square dance. McIntosh County, Oklahoma, 1939 or 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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School children singing. Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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Going to town on Saturday afternoon. Greene County, Georgia, May 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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