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In colour: America through World War II

Amazing colour photos from the 1930s and 1940s.

This girl in a glass house is putting finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber at Long Beach in California.
This girl in a glass house is putting finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber at Long Beach in California.
Image: Alfred T Palmer

THE US LIBRARY of Congress archives are full of photographic gems that are continually being categorised and archived.

Recently, it published a set of over 1,600 images from America during the Great Depression and World War II. Images from that time have previously been seen most commonly in black and white but here they are produced in full, vivid colour.

The photos were all taken between 1939 and 1944 and some come with original captions from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information.

Women working in factories during World War II are featured, as are topless marines and uniformed soldiers.

In colour: America through World War II
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  • October 1942

  • October 1942

  • June 1942

  • Between 1941 and 1945

  • August 1944

  • Between 41 and 45

  • Between 1941 and 1945

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  • December 1940

  • Between 1941 and 1945

  • Between 1941 and 1945

  • Between 1941 and 1945

  • Between 1941 and 1945

  • October 1942

  • March 1943

  • Between 1941 and 1945

  • May 1943

  • 1941 to 1945

  • October 1942

  • Between 1941 and 1945

  • October 1942

  • October 1942

  • October 1940

  • October 1942

  • Between 1941 and 1945

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  • May 1942

  • Between 1941 and 1945

  • Between 1941 and 1945

-Additional reporting by Business Insider

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