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Vintage colored photos of America 1939-1943

Here is a selection of photographs from the collection of the Library of Congress that was curated for an exhibition titled Bound for Glory in 2006.

The deck of photographs presents a slice of history of the US when the country was pulling itself out of the ‘Great Depression’ with Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal.

It was the year the world was being plunged into WWII by Germany. The devastation suffered in WWI, the unbearable burden of the reparation that followed made Germany vulnerable to the dreams presented by the poison politics of Hitler and Nazism. The ripple effects of the American Depression also contributed to the economic deprivation of Germany.

The prosperity that the New Deal triggered was nourished by the fillip that industrial and agricultural production gained from orders pouring in from for ordnance and munitions including aircraft. Research and development in science and technology got unprecedented support.

Socially, the structure of family changed by rapid urbanization and the entry of women into industrial labor force – not just garment making. The status of women changed for ever – for the better – when the US joined the Allied Forces in July 1941 after Pearl Harbour.

1)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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2)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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3)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

There were still some heartbreaks – like this farm being auctioned off

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4)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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5)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Improving industrial production …

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6)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

The photographs represent the recovering economy of the US – read the newspaper headlines posted on the display window of this newspaper.

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7)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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8)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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9)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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10)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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11)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

And happier families and civil society..

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12)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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13)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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14)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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15)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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16)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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17)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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18)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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19)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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20)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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21)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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22)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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23)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Revival of agricultural prosperity…

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24)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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25)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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26)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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27)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Roosevelt’s New Deal included increased government spending on Public Works like dams, highways

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28)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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29)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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30)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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31)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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32)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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33)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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34)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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35)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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36)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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37)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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38)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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39)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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40)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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41)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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42)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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43)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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44)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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45)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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46)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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47)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Flourishing transportation ..

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48)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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49)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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50)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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51)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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52)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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53)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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54)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Women coming into their own

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55)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Patriotic Fervour on display

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56)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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57)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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58)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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59)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Advancement of munitions production, for the air force and the navy

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60)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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61)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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62)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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63)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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64)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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65)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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66)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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67)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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68)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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69)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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70)  Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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