Most photographs from the 1930s and 1940s depict a monochromatic world seemingly removed from contemporary society. The black-and-white images sometimes appear as though they belong in a comic strip, not the photo albums of American history.
Then there are those rare color snapshots, saturated in colorful hues, that transport memories of the past into the present. The Library of Congress is one source for these rarely seen images, thanks to the photographic efforts of the United States Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information. Taken between 1939 and 1944, the government commissioned images wonderfully captured WWII-era American life.
From women working in the factories to rural residents plowing their fields, the FSA/OWI collection offers a glimpse back in time through over 1,600 color images. Scroll through the slideshow below for a preview of the collection, which you can see in its entirety here. Let us know what you think of the multi-colored scrapbook in the comments section.