1940s America no less beautiful from behind a government lens

March 21, 2012 | By Getty Images | Archive

It’s no secret that photographers working for the US Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information in the 1930s and 1940s produced stunning imagery of everyday America.

And the latest submission from our contributor Buyenlarge (pulling from the collections of the aforementioned government agencies) is no exception. Vibrant and colorful images depict American life between 1939-1944 — rural living, agricultural labor and Americans on the home front during World War II, in particular.


Drilling on a Liberator Bomber, Consolidated Aircraft Corp, Fort Worth, Texas, 1942. (Photo by Howard R. Hollem/Buyenlarge/Getty Images)


Rice in a lunch of a sugar worker on a plantation, Guanica, Puerto Rico, 1942. (Photo by Jack Delano/Buyenlarge/Getty Images)


North American's P-51 Mustang Fighter is in service with Britain's Royal Air Force, North American Aviation Inc, Inglewood, California, 1942. (Photo by Mark Sherwood/Buyenlarge/Getty Images)


Boys sitting on truck parked at the Farm Security Administration labor camp, Robstown, Texas, 1942. (Photo by Arthur Rothstein/Buyenlarge/Getty Images)


Houses and factories, 1941. (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

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