Sunday, July 6, 2008

Happy 4th, In Full Color

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4TH of JULY weekend! Bruce and I, DK, and JS walked to and through MIT to watch the fireworks explode over the Esplanade. It was a great view and a super show!

I share with you the above image from the Library of Congress's Flickr site, yes Flickr site. If you haven't yet checked it out, this site is refreshingly fun, open, and democratic (although I wish folks would only post informative notes on the images). The above transparency is by Charles Fenno Jacobs (1904-1975) of "School children, half of Polish and half of Italian descent, at a festival in May 1942, Southington, Conn."

Be sure to explore their 1930s and 40s color set in particular. These images are from the FSA and the
OWI (Office of War Information) and range from 1939 to 1944 -- certainly an era that we aren't used to seeing in color. The best way is to click on the first - a Rosie the Riveter - and keep clicking to the right. Enjoy!


Greg Cook said...

Great link, Leslie.
As I'm sure you know, some of these photos appeared in the great 2004 book "Bound for Glory."
The FSA, OSI projects are so fascinating.
And the WPA and Post Office art projects as well.


LKB said...

Thanks Greg, I actually have that book floating around here somewhere(have lots of books).

And yes, they are.

Stay cool, LKB

Lucky said...

I think there was one book of Walker Evans' color work, and again it was strange seeing high saturated color where i imagined washed out colors.

recently at my blog, I've gone just a little O.C. about posting old pictures of taxis, and current pictures of taxis, and sometimes pictures of future taxis. oh exciting things are happening, as soon, we'll be going hybrid. but not soon enough.

all of my complete insanity is at this link:

and btw have you seen Shelby's blog. It's a good blend of history and photography, and after-all they are one in the same.

anyway, enough of my rambling, hope your 4th was great!


jenn said...

Hi Les-
Finally catching up on your blog from this summer and wanted to add that Eastman House recently joined Flickr: The Commons. I love this project!