Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in their rest room, Chicago and Northwest Railway Company. Clinton, Iowa, April 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
Happy Labor Day!

The image above comes 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, Walker Evens is justifiably famous. Less well known are the color images included in the archives. The photo blog at denverpost.com has a nice selection up entitled “Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943.” Enjoy!