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Friday fun: The 1930s and ’40s in color

We tend to imagine the Great Depression in black-and-white; it fits the mood, and the imaging technology of the time.

We tend to imagine the Great Depression in black-and-white; it fits the mood, and the imaging technology of the time. But I didn’t realize until recently that that Library of Congress holds 1,600 gorgeous color photographs of the period, all on Flickr. You can access the collection by clicking the image above.

According to this story, while the first color image was actually shot in 1861, the method began taking off when Kodachrome was introduced in 1935.

These images were shot by the Farm Service Agency and Office of War Information, which documented World War II’s home front. They are mesmerizing, so be sure you have some time to luxuriate in the history.

[Update: MinnPics pulls out a Minnesota photo.]