Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Color your world.

The Library of Congress has a huge collection of color photographs from the 30s and 40s. There's a Flickr stream here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/sets/72157603671370361/

A few years ago, a small fraction of these were published in a book (and I can't for the life of me remember the title), but this Flickr collection is much, much better. Make sure to view "All sizes" to see larger, more detailed versions. I've only made it through a handful of the photos, but so far I really like this one:

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Those clothes are fabulous!

Here's another gem from the LoC Flickr set:

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These kids are hardcore - for one thing, the lake doesn't look frozen enough. For another, I think the kid in the right foreground is dragging one of his fallen comrades across the ice. That's gotta be cold!

Okay... one more... Consider this one the precursor to Digg or Reddit, 1940's style:

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3 comments:

  1. yeah these are amazing, mostly because it's rare to see stuff this old in color. If you like old photos and such we have a couple of locally focused image databases, one through the Kansas City Public Library and another through <a href="http://wwwjocohistory.org"Johnson County Library. Not a lot of color, though.

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  2. Thanks DLC! I just love old photographs, and especially love the Kansas City: Then and Now series. These pictures remind me of that. They also remind me that history was not all black and white, in more ways than the obvious.

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