We’re the Kids in America

It’s so rare to see color photographs from the ’30s and ’40s. When I saw this beautiful collection published in the Denver Post, I wanted to share the ones depicting the innocence and realness of childhood in Depression-era rural America. See the entire set (including urban shots) here.

Children asleep on bed during square dance. McIntosh County, Oklahoma, 1939 or 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

School children singing. Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Boy building a model airplane as girl watches. Robstown, Texas, January 1942. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Arthur Rothstein. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Bayou Bourbeau plantation, a Farm Security Administration cooperative. Vicinity of Natchitoches, Louisiana, August 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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3 Responses to “We’re the Kids in America”


  1. 1 Kate August 4, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    OMG, the second picture from the full set is where I grew up in Connecticut! Awesome!

  2. 2 Erica August 5, 2010 at 8:13 am

    What a gorgeous pic. Did you see the Chicago ones, too?


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