Labor Day – America in Color from 1939-1943 contains images from the Library of Congress’s Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information archives. The New Deal agency was headed by Roy Stryker, who said a primary goal of the photography program was to “introduce America to Americans.”
The documentary photography produced during the 1930s by famed photographers like Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, and Walker Evans is justifiably famous. Less well known are the color images included in the Bound for Glory online exhibition. Labor Day – America in Color from 1939-1943 is worth a look. Enjoy!