The Library of Congress has released nearly 1,600 color photos from the final year of the Great Depression. The photos depict a very different image of that era.
Instead of destituition and poverty-stricken sharecroppers waiting in bread lines, etc., instead we’re treated to “tired-but-satisfied homesteaders and freshly-scrubbed children performing in a school pageant. For recreation, there are square dances and state fairs, with attractions that look startlingly familiar. In short, it is a world that is more frugal than today’s America, but not necessarily less joyful.”