Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Great Depression In Color



These rare color photographs of the Great Depression were made in a rural San Augustine County, Texas one room schoolhouse in April, 1943 by John Vachon for the Farm Serices Administration. The three boys in the foreground look like they could be brothers.

3 comments:

steven said...

it's funny but i would have expected raggedy clothes and ingrained dirt . . . . perhaps these children were especially cleaned up for the pictures - or perhaps my own idea of what people were like in those times is skewed. steven

The Weaver of Grass said...

I think there is a sadness in their faces. The depression touched everyone and parents would not have been able to keep all their worries to themselves. Such a marvellous photograph - says so much.

Rachel Fenton said...

The boy at the back is the spit of my son - eerie.

I have never seen that poster in situ as it were - only in books - amazing to see it really somewhere as intended.