A friend of mine recently sent me a link to this absolutely spectacular set of photos compiled by the Denver Post. The collection is from an exhibit by the library of congress.  “These Images”, they say, “are by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, [and] are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations.”

I’ve pulled the images that I found most striking, and not surprisingly, they illustrate the continued, if not enhanced, pride in self presentation in the face of the chaotic, uncertain times of that era.

Is it any wonder that the comforts of work wear, traditional construction and whole fabrics have emerged once again? – M

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